Florida lawmakers to limit public input before drawing redistricting maps

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TALLAHASSEE — As lawmakers attempt to recover from their mishandling of redistricting a decade ago, leaders in Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature say they are ready to discontinue the once-vaunted tradition of conducting public hearings before legislators draw their maps.

They will instead rely on the public to submit comments and maps through a redistricting website but, in response to questions from legislators at meetings this week, they have made no commitment that they will review what they get.