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 10th 2005
Why Redistricting and Campaign Reform Are Both Still Relevant
TPM Cafe

This political column cites FairVote as it points to the value of getting rid of winner-take-all elections to as the next step in redistricting reform.

November 2nd 2005
Gerrymander may help GOP in '06
The Napa Valley Registrer

An article that cites FairVote on why Gerrymandering harms elections and has an impact on skewed results.

November 2nd 2005
California, Ohio to vote on redistricting changes
Washington Post

FairVote's Rob Richie gets the last word on lack of voter choice in our elections, as this wire article reports on redistricting reform efforts in California and Ohio.

November 2nd 2005
How Money Buys Power in American Politics

Francis X. Clines, an editorial board member for the New York Times, writes on national politics, gerrymandering and the resultant decreased competitiveness in Congressional elections. Fairvote is cited.

October 27th 2005
To Tame Polarization Of Politics, Fix Our Redistricting System
Roll Call

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