Latino leaders are calling for greater transparency as Florida draws new congressional maps after the latest U.S. census. The Florida Senate took up its version of the congressional maps Thursday.
Leaders from Latino advocacy organizations see some opportunities where the Florida Senate-drawn map will provide greater representation for voting-age Latinos with additional Hispanic-majority districts drawn in the state and opportunities for more Latino lawmakers to win seats across Florida.
But advocates are concerned the process has lacked transparency. “There have been no public hearings through this process,” says Alianzo for Progress’s Marcos Vilar. “We are going to live for 10 years with the results of this with no democratic public process.”