Redistricting group calls Fla. hearings 'sham'

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A group trying to prevent gerrymandering says upcoming public hearings on redistricting are a
"sham." Fair Districts Now leaders said Tuesday that's because lawmakers won't present any proposed maps for citizens to comment on.

Voters last year approved a pair of state constitutional amendments sponsored by Fair Districts to prohibit drawing
districts to favor incumbents or a political party.

Fair Districts also sent a letter to legislative leaders urging them to include maps, speed up the redistricting process and stop
fighting the amendments in court.

The group also urged lifting a "gag order" against lawmakerscommenting at the hearings.

A House spokeswoman said she was unaware of a gag order and that it would be inappropriate to draw maps before getting public comment.


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