Dwight Dudley files bill that would lead to independent redistricting commission

On Friday, St. Petersburg Democratic state Rep. Dwight Dudley filed a bill (HJR 201) that would establish a bipartisan redistricting commission in Florida, which  would be responsible for drawing political boundaries for Congress and the Legislature.

It’s an issue that’s been discussed for years in Florida, but has come to the forefront in the aftermath of the Florida Supreme Court’s ruling in July declaring that the Republican-led state Legislature gerrymandered eight of the state’s 27 congressional districts in 2012, in violation of the Fair District constitutional amendments.  Advocates also note that the U.S. Supreme Court has given their imprimatur to the concept, upholding the creation of such an independent redistricting commission in Arizona earlier this year.

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