Will the Fair Districts Amendments improve representation for Florida's citizens?10/12/10 Robert Lorei
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Every 10 years, after the U.S. Census count, lawmakers in Tallahassee battle over how Florida's legislative and congressional districts should be redrawn.
But before districts are redrawn, thereâ€™s an effort to take the politics out of redistricting.
Two proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the Nov. 2 ballot would set new standards for how the districts are sketched. Amendment 5 deals with legislative districts, while Amendment 6 addresses U.S. congressional districts. Like all state constitutional amendments, each requires a 60% majority to pass.
Joining us now are a filmmaker and a reporter, to talk about how districts are drawn now. Our guests are Jeff Reichert- who directed the new film Gerrymandering which has a local premier tonight in St. Petersburg, and Cooper Levey-Baker, whoâ€™s written a new article about the way districts are drawn for The Florida Independent- a web based news site.
Note: About 25 minutes into this program we received a call from State Representative Darryl Rouson who was the subject of Levey-Baker's article.