Friday, December 11, 2009

Florida GOP to use "Race Baiting" To Kill Fair Districts Amendment

Florida Redistricting Proposals May be off Table
The Florida Supreme Court may be asked to keep two citizen initiatives designed to limit gerrymandering in congressional and legislative redistricting from the 2010 ballot. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, they say, could reduce election opportunities for minorities if voters adopt the proposed state constitutional amendments - contrary to what the measures' summaries say. "That concerns me greatly, and I think it concerns our fellow members greatly, too," said House Speaker-designate Dean Cannon (R-Winter Park). "We'll reach out to our counsel and ask for options, but I think that (going back to the Florida Supreme Court) may make sense."

Senate President-designate Mike Haridopolos (R-Indialantic), told his chamber's redistricting panel, which he chairs, that he would ask staffers to outline possible legal options including another high court challenge when it meets again next month.

Read more of the article from the Tampa Tribune HERE.
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