The Florida Senate redistricting committee has released a revamped draft of how it proposes to redraw Florida’s congressional lines. The new map shows a big shift in the district of Rep. Vern Buchanan — a shift that came about because of urgings from Charlotte County residents to lump them in with other coastal residents, according to committee chairman Don Gaetz.
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The Florida Chamber of Commerce today released its 2012 legislative agenda, which includes support for education changes that strengthen charter schools, expand the use of public funds for virtual/private schools and broaden the use of technology in the classroom.
State Rep. Erik Fresen and state Sen. Don Gaetz (both Republicans) will speak at the National Summit on Education Reform next week in San Francisco. The summit — organized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, founded and led by former Gov. Jeb Bush — “offers an opportunity for lawmakers and policymakers to learn the nuts and bolts of reform.”
During a committee hearing yesterday, GOP members expressed outrage with the federal government for its request that the state include a “medical loss ratio” in its Medicaid Reform Pilot.
Despite voting to accept federal grant money, members of a state budget panel claimed that the recipients of the controversial home visiting grants were really just government interlopers who did not provide “tangible services.” Now groups such as Healthy Start are hoping to set the record straight.
A legislative budget commission voted yesterday to accept federal home visiting grants GOP lawmakers had initially opposed because the money was allocated through the federal health care reform law.
Hundreds of Sarasota and Manatee county residents turned out Tuesday evening for one of the state Legislature’s final public redistricting hearings. Many of the attendees criticized the Florida House for intervening in a lawsuit to stop one of…
Lawmakers have completed a swing through the panhandle for public redistricting meetings. One issue that’s come up a lot in the area is whether the region is divided properly, particularly when it comes to its Senate seats.
One of the criticisms that has followed the redistricting hearings members of the Florida Legislature are holding around the state is the notion they’re being run under a “gag order” — that lawmakers taking part in the meetings are being forbidden from speaking, lest they betray some intent to violate the Fair Districts amendments or other laws governing the process.
Speakers at today’s hearing have argued that lawmakers should be releasing maps now, allowing the public to comment on specific redistricting plans. Because lawmakers are taking public input on redistricting before releasing the proposed maps of new districts, their argument runs, the meetings amount to a “sham” or a “dog and pony show.” What’s the point in taking public comments on plans that have not been made public?