BOCC nixes agenda changes

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

Yeager answered, “I disagree.”

Smiley said the FAC classes had helped him and some items that might translate in other counties don’t necessarily translate to Gulf County.

County-wide voting

Novak said the U.S. Supreme Court would issue a decision this week pertaining to the Voting Rights Act, specifically a provision that mandates that counties or cities under a federal decree due to prior discrimination must have judicial pre-clearance before implementing any voting changes, such as redistricting.

Novak said the decision could have an impact on the research and case Gulf County has been building in recent years as the BOCC has alternately considered or not moving to county-wide voting.

Novak asked for board direction on bringing the experts hired by the BOCC down next month to discuss the impacts of the Supreme Court decision. The county can only consider redistricting in odd-numbered years so unless action is taken soon, redistricting could not be considered again until 2015.

Commissioners asked for the consultant to report in July.

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