The Florida Children and Youth Cabinet voted Thursday to send a letter to state leaders, urging them to prioritize early-childhood education, intervention and other services for “the first 1,000 days” from pregnancy to age 3.
Senate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held confidential meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about “the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida’s history,” according to court documents.
A pair of voting-rights groups whose lawsuit led to the state’s current congressional districts being struck down by the Florida Supreme Court say that a new proposal appears to be tilted to favor a Republican congressman in South Florida.
Senators scolded the Florida Supreme Court for trampling on their First Amendment rights as lawmakers began a special session Monday aimed at redrawing congressional districts the court said were gerrymandered to help the Republican Party.
Two voting-rights organizations that led the legal battle against congressional districts later found to be unconstitutional called Monday for a new map to be drawn in public — a demand swiftly rejected by legislative leaders.
A nearly two-week special session is going to be held in August so that the Florida Legislature can draw up new congressional districts.
Facing political uncertainty after a Supreme Court ruling, 15 U.S. House members sent a letter this week to Florida legislative leaders calling for redistricting hearings across the state.
Florida Governor Rick Scott slashed $461 million worth of projects from the budget passed by Florida lawmakers last week during a special session.
Supporters of Amendment 1 filed a lawsuit Monday claiming state lawmakers in a newly approved budget misappropriated more than $300 million of the money voters wanted for environmental land management and acquisition.
The budget battle between Republicans in the Florida Legislature will likely continue in 2016, despite a temporary truce.