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How the Senate rolls: Lottery system planned to choose district numbers

by John Kennedy | March 21st, 2012

The Senate Reapportionment Committee brought out lottery balls in spinning cages Wednesday as senators tried to devise a system where the number of Senate districts would not be seen as favoring certain incumbents.

The Florida Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the Senate’s first attempt at drawing district lines. Among the problems justices found, was district numbering that would have allowed most incumbents to serve for as long as 10 years, which the court said defied the state’s constitutional eight-year term limits.

Reapportionment Chairman Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, advanced the idea of a lottery system to choose district numbers which would determine whether a seat is for a four-year or two-year term this fall.

Most of the committee agreed to the concept. But some questioned the technique.

Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, said spinning lottery balls in cages on the Senate floor would disrupt the chamber’s “decorum.”  He suggested the lottery be held in the offices of the Senate secretary with videotape rolling.

“We will not have the fanfare, but the integrity of the Senate will be assured,” Simmons said.

But like most issues in the Senate, battle lines quickly emerged. Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, said that if the lottery method was used, it was necessary that it be conducted on the Senate floor.

“I believe strongly that whatever we do has to be done on the floor of the Senate in front of God and everyone,” Latvala said.

After a heated debate, the committee has deferred a decision on the numbering system until the redistricting plan goes to the Senate floor.

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3 Responses to “How the Senate rolls: Lottery system planned to choose district numbers”

  1. maoriii Says:

    I have a question for the Republican Cynics of this State.

    How much for the Little Boy? How much is “APPROPRIATE”?

    Vigilante Fascism is alive and well in Florida and it is Sponsored by the Republican Cynics.

    The Cynic knows the PRICE of everything and the VALUE of nothing. Oscar Wilde

    So how much? How much for the Little Boy? How much for your lawless greed?


    Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, White countries for everyone????????


    says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will

    be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY

    into White countries.

    The Netherlands and Belgium are more

    crowded than Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve

    this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote

    assimilating unquote with them.

    Everybody says the final

    solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY White

    countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Whites.


    if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be

    solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into

    EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

    How long

    would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I

    am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

    And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?


    if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide

    against my race, the White race, Liberals and respectable conservatives

    will just say that I’m a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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