Is Governor Scott trying to thwart the will of Florida Voters?01/28/11 Robert Lorei
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The Associated Press is reporting that: Three days after taking office, Gov. Rick Scott put the brakes on Florida's request to the US Justice Department to start phasing in two redistricting constitutional amendments overwhelmingly passed by voters last fall.
The withdrawal of the state's request for Department of Justice "pre-clearance" to enforce the new mandates came with no public notice.
Amendments 5 and 6 are designed to make it harder for lawmakers to gerrymander legislative and congressional districts to favor political parties or incumbents when they re-draw their political maps every decade.
Both amendments passed with 63 percent of the vote last November and require that congressional and legislative districts be compact and not drawn for the benefit of any political party. Previously, legislators were required only to draw districts that were contiguous. But some legislators have complained the new rules would make it impossible to draw districts in which blacks and Hispanics could win elections.
Former state senator and Fair Districts Now lawyer Dan Gelber says he can’t get any answers why the Governor is blocking the redistricting approval process…and he joins us right now.