House panel approves Florida redistricting plans
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
TALLAHASSEE — A Florida House committee has approved redistricting plans for legislative and congressional seats on party line votes — Republicans for and Democrats against.
The Redistricting Committee's votes on Friday set the stage for floor action next week.
Three groups that are part of the Fair Districts coalition charged the maps favor the GOP although Florida is split almost evenly between the two major parties.
Fair Districts spearheaded the adoption of two anti-gerrymandering amendments to the Florida Constitution by voters in 2010.
Republicans control both legislative chambers and have an overwhelming majority in the state's congressional delegation.
The panel, though, considered but unanimously rejected maps submitted by the Fair District groups.
Those groups are the Florida League of Women Voters, National Council of La Raza and Common Cause of Florida.
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