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HPUBH0164 – Laytham, Keith

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Summary:

  • State House Redistricting Plan
  • 120 Districts
  • Complete: YES
  • Contiguous: YES
  • Direct Impacts: Brevard, Osceola and Polk counties (as compared to plans H000H9015, H000H9017, H000H9021 and H000H9023)
  • Submitted to the Florida House of Representatives
  • Submitted by Keith Laytham of Polk County

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  1. Regarding HPUBH0164 this is the result of several map iterations. The focus has been on the Eastern Polk and Osceola County House Districts. The multiple iterations resulted from attempts at refinement to come as closely as possible to meeting the requirements of Amendment 6.
    Because Osceola County has a population that exceeds the population guideline for state house districts, it must contain at least one district that crosses county lines. Each of the maps released by the house committee in December reflect this.
    The amendment states that ‘where feasible must make use of existing city, county and geographical boundaries.’
    This latest map preserves the boundaries of Kissimmee and St. Cloud, the only cities in Osceola County. It combines them into a single district since both urban population centers form a single community of interest.
    It also preserves the entire Association of Poinciana Villages, a master homeowners association governed unincorporated area, within a single district. Again it provides for a community of interest within a single house district. It makes use of the existing geographical boundaries defined by the State of Florida for the Poinciana PUD. Most importantly it provides ‘racial or language minorities the equal opportunity to participate in the political process and elect representatives of their choice’. In the case of Poinciana Villages there is a substantial percentage of Hispanic population that under the amendment should not be denied the opportunity to elect a single representative of their choice. To split this Hispanic population among multiple non Hispanic districts would appear to violate the wording of the amendment.
    I ask that the State House redistricting committee consider these issues when deciding on the State House redistricting map for Eastern Polk and Osceola Counties.

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