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Florida House Democrats push for redistricting hearings seeking public input over Zoom


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Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives are pressing for public hearings on redistricting from locations around the state using Zoom.

Next year, the Republican-led Florida Legislature will create new legislative and congressional districts based on the 2020 census.

The state has a website — floridaredistricting.gov — designed to facilitate public access and input. It lets people draw and submit maps of their own.

Rep. Joseph Geller — the top Democrat on the Redistricting Committee — wants hearings around the state like they had 10 years ago — except this time the public could speak over Zoom.

“There’ s no reason not to do this,” he said during a press conference Monday. “It is my hope that they will yet see the light and that they will allow the public a voice.”

Daytona Beach Rep.Tom Leek, who chairs the House committee, could not be reached for comment.


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Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.

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