TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Two members of Congress have launched a campaign to defeat a pair of redistricting proposals designed to stop gerrymandering that favors incumbents and the party in power.
Reps. Corrine Brown, a Jacksonville Democrat, and Mario Diaz-Balart, a Miami Republican, on Monday said Amendments 5 and 6 would reduce minority representation in Florida's congressional delegation as well as the state Legislature.
The head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Florida disputed that claim and said the lawmakers will stop at nothing to protect their own jobs.
The NAACP is supporting the FairDistricts amendments that got on the Nov. 2 ballot by petition.
The opposition includes major business lobbies.