SB 1352
Background and procedural information:
Democratic Senator Steven Geller introduced Senate Bill 1352 on 3/06/07, as a joint resolution proposing the repeal of section 16 of Article III of Florida’s constitution, relating to legislative apportionment and also creates a ballot issue to amend Florida’s constitution require a nine member commission to prepare an appointment plan for the state legislature and a redistricting plan for the congressional districts of the state.

Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?
Single-member districts are required under the proposed legislation, and the districts will consist of 40 consecutively numbered senatorial districts and 120 consecutively numbered representative districts.  The single-member districts shall be as nearly equal in population as practicable.  

Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (i.e. can the commission use voter history information)?
Yes, the proposed legislation provides for Voting Rights Act compliance, as it prevents the commission from drawing districts that would dilute the voting strength of a racial or language minority group.  This goal takes precedence over the requirements that districts be contiguous and compact in form.  

Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?
A nine member commission will be formed, and no person or relative of a person who has served as an elected public official, party officer or Congressional employee within two years may be appointed as a member of the commission.

Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?
The proposed legislation implicitly favors, or rather assumes, competitive districts, by providing that a district may not be drawn for the purpose of favoring any political party, incumbent legislator, representative to U.S. Congress, nor take into account the addresses of incumbent legislators or representatives to the U.S. Congress.

Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?
The legislation does not explicitly provide that members of the public have any input into the redistricting plans.

Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?
No, the legislation does not allow for mid-decade redistricting.

May 14th 2008
Is the House of Representatives Too Small?

The U.S. House of Representatives has been at 435 members since 1911, when the country was a third of its current population. Research suggests that districts may now be getting too big for adequate representation.

November 15th 2006
Redistricting Reconsidered
Washington Post

Citing FairVote's Dubious Democracy 2006, an editorial notes that non-competition in U.S. House races has causes more fundamental than gerrymandering.

November 1st 2006
Lines of demarcation
Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram

FairVote research cited in this commentary on lopsided redistricting, uncompetitive districts and the party primary battles they inspire.

October 30th 2006
Electile Dysfunction?
News Release Wire

Former FairVote President Matthew Cossolotto calls for a range of reforms, highlighting two problems of American democracy: "counting the votes" and "making votes count."

August 19th 2006
Eliminate districts
Contra Costa Times

CA resident calls for proportional voting in one statewide district as a congressional redistricting reform.

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