Legislative leaders reveal redistricting process without mention of public hearings

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The leaders of Florida’s House and Senate on Thursday announced what they know so far about how they plan to redraw the state’s legislative districts and congressional seats next year.

The plan, as laid out in memos to members of the Legislature on Thursday, includes creating a website for the public to view proposed maps, create maps of their own and submit input.

It includes stern warnings to lawmakers not to discuss the redistricting process outside of the formal committee process, in an attempt to keep legal challenges to a minimum.

But it does not say which lawmakers will sit on the redistricting committees, which could start meeting as soon as next month. And it does not say whether the public will have any face-to-face input beyond making the trek to Tallahassee during the legislative session, a commute that is unrealistic for most Floridians.

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