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Herald: Miami Rep. Artiles Doesn’t Live In District

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(Source: CBS) Florida Representative Frank Artiles, District 119

(Source: CBS) Florida Representative Frank Artiles, District 119

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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) — Miami-area Republican state Rep. Frank Artiles still hasn’t moved into the district he represents in the Legislature, according to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald.

The constitution requires that lawmakers live in their district, though it’s not completely clear when they must move into the district if they’re not a resident when elected.

Artiles, who was elected in November to represent House District 119, voted by absentee ballot as a resident of District 115, according to Miami-Dade elections officials – meaning he couldn’t vote for himself.

The Miami Herald reports Artiles remains a registered voter in District 115.

Political blogger Elaine de Valle reported this week that Artiles answered the door at a Palmetto Bay home, which is not in District 119, and told her he is moving to West Kendall next week, but declined to answer any other questions.

Artiles also didn’t comment for the Herald story.

Artiles was on the floor Wednesday night, where the House was in session.

Earlier this year, the House fined Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville, more than $1,200 for not being registered to vote in his district until 15 days after he was elected.

No complaints have been filed against Artiles, the Herald reported.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald contributed material for this report)

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