SB 1114
Background and Procedural Information

On January 14, 2008 Florida Democratic Senator Charlie Justice introduced Florida Senate Bill 1114 (FL S.B. 1114).  On May 2, 2008 FL S.B. 1114 died in a Senate Committee.  

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?

Yes.  All Congressional, Florida Senate, and Florida House of Representative districts are required to be single-member.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?

The bill requires the commission to use five redistricting standards.  The fifth standard requires the commission to not “dilute the voting strength of any racial or language minority group.”  There is no language in the bill that prohibits the commission from using voter history information.

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?

The President of the Senate, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House and the House Minority Leader shall each appoint two members from their own party to serve on the commission.  These eight members then appoint a ninth member, who cannot be a member of either major party, to serve as chairman.  The final redistricting plan must be approved by six of the nine commissioners.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?

No.  The five standards that guide the commission do not include any provisions on creating competitive districts.   

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?

No.  Members of the public may not submit plans.   

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?

Only if a court has ordered it.  
November 19th 2005
Redistricting reform: How best to tackle ultra-safe districts
Sacramento Bee

FairVote's Rob Richie argues in commentary running in several newspapers that redistricting reformers must challenge winner-take-all elections.

November 16th 2005
In Canada, regular folks are put to work on reforms
San Jose Mercury News

Steven Hill prescribes a citizens assembly as a solution for achieving consensus on redistricting reform in California.

November 15th 2005
Citizens Must Drive Electoral Reform
Roll Call

Heather Gerken of Harvard Law suggests a citizens assembly as one means to achieve redistricting reform and buy-in from voters.

November 13th 2005
ARNOLD AGONIZES: How the election changed the governor -- and California
San Francisco Chronicle

Article discussing the recent failure of redistricting reform in California and the potential solution in letting the citizens decide through a Citizens Assembly on Election Reform.

November 13th 2005
Arnold had the right idea about redistricting
The Herald News

The Herald News cites Fairvote with commentary about the dangers of Gerrmandering and redistricting obstacles.

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