Inside the Lines: Democrat hosts her own redistricting hearing

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From Inside the Lines:

With Republican legislators conducting a 26-stop redistricting “listening tour” this summer, one South Florida Democrat is countering with her own public forum certain to take a different tenor.

Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, will hold the public workshop 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10, at the Hagen Ranch Library in Delray. The press release says that “Panelist[s] representing diverse perspectives will be explaining how the redistricting process affects constituents in District 30.”

Those panelists include: Mary Jane Range with the League of Women Voters; Howard Simon with the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida; Dennis Grady with the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; and Lynn University professor Robert Watson.

The League of Women Voters and ACLU are among the groups fighting a federal lawsuit filed by two of Florida’s congressional members and joined by Florida House SpeakerDean Cannon, seeking to invalidate a congressional redistricting reform voters approved last November.

And they’re likely to offer a different flavor of the politically charged process than the one presented by House and Senate Republican leaders, who have been assuring voters at every hearing so far that they intend to follow the will of voters who passed the Fair District redistricting reforms.

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