Lawmakers watching what they say on redistricting

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Many lawmakers and other key players in Florida’s process for drawing new congressional and legislative districts have adopted their own don’t ask, don’t tell policies, reports the As.

That includes Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Don Gaetz.

The Niceville Republican insists he doesn’t know, nor does he want to know, how the maps proposed by his panel will affect incumbent members of Congress and the Legislature.

“If you were to pump me full of truth serum I could not tell you where incumbents or challengers live unless I happened to have already known,” Gaetz said.

The same goes for whether the proposed maps will help or harm Republicans or Democrats.

Gaetz doesn’t want to know that information because of a pair of anti-gerrymandering amendments voters put into the Florida Constitution in 2010, one each for congressional and legislative districts. Both ban drawing lines with the intent to benefit incumbents or political parties.

For the first time lawmakers will have detailed guidelines they must follow when redrawing district lines after every 10-year census.

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