Annette Taddeo and Joe Geller introduce bill to put redistribution records in the sun

Two Democratic lawmakers hope to hold their colleagues accountable for a bill aimed at increasing the transparency of the redistribution process.

Ahead of the 2022 session, Miami Sen. Annette Taddeo and Aventura Rep. Joe geller filed law (SB 530/HB 6053) Monday which would remove exemptions from public records for projects and requests for projects of reallocation and redistribution plans.

Gerrymandering in the redistribution process often favors a game, warned Taddeo and Geller. Because the legislature draws the boundaries of congressional and state legislative constituencies, the minority party, the Democrats, risks losing in the new maps. Minority communities also have everything to lose, they noted.

Taddeo filed a identical version of the bill before the 2021 session. However, it was never heard by a committee.

“It is essential that this exemption from redistribution of files be repealed,” said Taddeo. “I am concerned that although members have been instructed to keep all records, the law provides that the Florida statutes currently exempt redistribution communications and draft maps from public records. “

Due to Florida’s rapidly growing population, lawmakers will draw an additional 28th district from Congress. Chairman of the Florida Republican Party and Senator from Sarasota. Joe Gruters expects GOP to take seats next year, although he noted it would happen without any creative card-drawing shenanigans.

“Redistribution is the public’s business, and the public has a right to know what is going on. This is really only part of the transparency that has been promised to us, ”said Geller.

Taddeo and Geller’s invoices are timely proposals. Taddeo launched his governorship campaign against Gov. Ron DeSantis Monday, and 2022 marks a year of redistribution. The new maps won’t affect the governor’s run, but it’s a high-profile issue that could boost his statewide campaign.

While the redistribution process is expected to be completed by the end of the 60-day legislative session, which begins January 11 and ends March 11, the bill will not come into effect until July. However, the proposal would release recordings from the 2022 session.

Democrats have expressed concerns about the redistribution process, but the Republicans in charge have repeatedly pledged a fair and transparent process and a product that would outlast inevitable challenges.

In 2012, after lawmakers drew maps for the first time since Floridians approved the Fair Districts Amendment, the state Supreme Court dismissed the US House and Senate districts. state and adopted maps drawn by the courts, led by the League of Women Voters.

This time, the chairman of the Senate Redistribution Committee Ray rodrigues said the legislature benefits from clear judicial guidance provided by previous verdicts.

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