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Lawmakers Watching What They Say On Redistricting

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE, 12/23/2011 -- Many lawmakers and other key players in Florida's redistricting process have adopted their own don't ask, don't tell policies.

That includes Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Don Gaetz.

The Niceville Republican insists he doesn't know -- nor does he want to know -- how maps proposed by his panel will affect incumbent members of Congress and the Legislature. The same goes for whether they will help or harm Republicans or Democrats.

Gaetz doesn't want to know because a pair of new state constitutional amendments ban gerrymandering that benefits incumbents and political parties.

Redistricting will a major issue for lawmakers -- possibly the major issue for many -- when they convene their annual 60-day session on Jan. 10.


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