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Student's redistricting plan now formal proposal

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When Columbia University law student Nicholas Ortiz formulated a congressional redistricting plan for Florida recently, he only hoped to get a good grade from Professor Nate Persily. (See “Redistricting 101,” Business Review, May 19, 2011.)

Now, the former Florida resident's plan, based on 2010 U.S. Census data and requirements of state and federal laws, will be formally considered by the Florida House of Representatives Redistricting Committee.

According to Ortiz, the committee's staff director, Alex Kelly, had been corresponding with Persily, one of the top experts in the country on redistricting. In a recent email to Persily, Kelly referenced the Business Review story and inquired if Ortiz wished to have his plan considered as a formal public proposal by the committee.

Kelly then contacted Ortiz, who writes in an email: “He told me that the committee will consider my plan along with the other proposals that emerge ... It looks like my plan wasn't a purely academic exercise after all.”


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