Jacksonville’s City Council is on the verge of approving a redistricting plan that will continue the current map’s heavy bias favoring local Republicans.
The Florida Legislature’s dedicated redistricting website launched this week, which kicks off the ability for the public — and paid consultants — to submit their own map proposals.
The Florida state Sen. Ray Rodrigues kicked off this redistricting cycle with an important admission: The Florida Legislature messed up last time, and legislators can’t allow that to happen again.
The Jacksonville committee tasked with vetting a new general counsel, one of the city’s most powerful positions, agreed Tuesday to conduct a two-week job search after City Council members said the committee’s plans to coronate the mayor’s preferred pick would violate the integrity of the process.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office regularly charges thousands of dollars before it will release videos from police shootings, a severe barrier to access for those who can’t afford it, according to the agency’s responses to records requests by The Tributary.
Crossing the river would create more equal districts, otherwise a new City Council map grants more power to the Southside.
The first glimpse at new Jacksonville City Council redistricting proposals geared to avoid any river crossings would result in a spiraling district that spans Downtown, Springfield Brentwood, Oceanway and Black Hammond Island.
Neptune Beach Rep. Cord Byrd and Fleming Island Sen. Jennifer Bradley were appointed to lead subcommittees focused on drawing new maps.
After last week’s City Council meeting where the Jacksonville Office of General Counsel reported it didn’t think the city could complete redistricting in time for new School Board districts to take effect in 2022, the redistricting special committee has begun to move to a more frequent meeting schedule.