Bondi Asks Florida Justices to Review Redistricting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the Florida Supreme Court to review the Legislature's plan to redistrict the state House and Senate.

Bondi filed the petition Friday, just a day after the maps received final approval in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

The justices now have 30 days to decide whether the plan complies with the Florida Constitution, including a new anti-gerrymandering amendment.

Democrats and three nonpartisan groups that supported the Fair Districts amendment say they'll urge the justices to reject the plan.

They say it unfairly favors Republicans and incumbents and fails to protect minority voting rights.

Lawmakers also passed a congressional plan and sent it to Gov. Rick Scott.

Democrats on Thursday sued in Circuit Court alleging that map violates a similar congressional amendment although Scott hasn't yet signed it.


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  • by IMHO on Feb 13, 2012 at 04:17 AM
    The only reason they are considering redistricting is to benefit the REPUBLICANS......
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      by if on Feb 13, 2012 at 07:12 AM in reply to IMHO
      imho--its law every 10 years where have you been,if they make everyone unhappy it will be a good map.
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Feb 12, 2012 at 03:33 PM
    For maps, go to myflorida.com. Go to government, go to legislative branch, go to Senate homepage. The second of 3 "featured topics" is "Legislature Passes Redistricting Plans." Here you will find links to maps.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 02:00 PM
    Gaetz is right just hang them all and get it over with!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 09:22 AM
    Whatever works to keep Republicans in office and keep minorities and liberals from voting and getting elected is fine with me.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to
      Sounds like you would be a modern times "brownshirt" volunteer, too bad your heros like Hitler, Saddam and Gadafhi are dead. I do hope the TSCOF looks only if the new map boundaries do comply with the requirements that were voted and approved by the public referrendum. I best not hold my breath as we know how politically motivated Bondi is. So far I see some districts that jump rivers and cross county lines - and that does NOT sound like compliance. Since this is supposed to reflect population from the last census - it may need a correction in that many people have left the state to find work since Scott has cut their jobs. There should also be some smaller districts where there may be 30,000 new people who came to work the new jobs that Scott takes credit for creating (congressional districts are to be of equal population not land area).
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      by Steve Florida Native/resident, registered D, UNION on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to
      ...And they won't let me put something out there...Hoodrats make my skin crawl!
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      by Frank on Feb 12, 2012 at 10:14 AM in reply to
      Wrong! It's to keep anyone from registering more than once or voting more than once in the same election; which minorities and liberals seem to like to do if they can get away with it.
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Feb 11, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    "They say it unfairly favors Republicans".......WHAT? So you are saying that once the Line are drawn and approved, no one can change Parties because that would throw it out of Ballance....... No one can Move out, unless someone of the same Party wants to move in? Just draw the Lines and let the Parties fall where they may. And another thing, how are the Lines Interfering with Voters Rights? The only thing that has been Interfering with Voters Rights was ACORN.
  • by anon Location: tally on Feb 11, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    it would be nice if some news or govt. organization would post a web site so the public could see these maps you are talking about.
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      by Steve Florida Native/resident, Voter since 1976 on Feb 11, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to anon
      Yes! That would be in order. I'm for sure and for certain they would exclaim "it's right there, and has been for several weeks..." at some beer joint, or some website noone knows of...
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