House panel splits on first redistricting map; critics say Latinos and Blacks are underrepresented

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Florida Democrats and voting-rights organizations mounted strong opposition Friday to newly drafted legislative district boundaries that nevertheless passed 13-7 in a redistricting subcommittee of the House of Representatives.

The vote Friday split on partisan lines, with 13 Republicans voting yes and seven Democrats voting against the draft map.

Among the criticisms was testimony that growth in Latino, Black and other minority populations is not reflected in the proposed redistricting maps and that the public has had little say in helping draft them.

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