Redistricting panels weigh issues including concerns about Internet access and how to count inmates

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Democrats raised fresh concerns Wednesday during hearings on new district maps for Florida House and Senate and congressional seats, including how to count prison inmates, how closely to adhere to existing districts, and the late arrival of documents for review during the day’s meetings.

Additionally, they continued to press for public hearings in local communities about how to draw the new maps. Republicans chairing the House and Senate redistricting committees have promised to seriously consider such hearings but have announced no plans for them, online or otherwise.

Democrats raised the question again during the meeting of the subcommittee considering new congressional districts — the matter didn’t even come up during the contemporaneous meeting of the subcommittee on House and Senate redistricting. (That’s another bone of contention to Democrats, who argue holding both hearings at the same time also limits public participation).

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