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Pasco dominates Senate seat in plan

The redistricting plan would put most of the county in Senate seat 10 with slivers of Pinellas and Hillsborough.

By SAUNDRA AMRHEIN, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 19, 2002

Most Pasco County residents would be in the same state Senate district under a plan a state House of Representatives group approved Monday.

The plan divides Pasco into two Senate districts instead of three proposed in a Senate committee.

The proposed District 10 would have 400,000 residents, about 300,000 of whom would live in Pasco County. The district includes all of western and central Pasco, almost to Interstate 75, dipping slightly south into Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. District 20 would include eastern Pasco, all of Hernando, and parts of Citrus and Hillsborough counties.

The package, approved by the House Procedural and Redistricting Council, now moves to the full House for debate and then on to the Senate.

State Rep. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, who stands to gain from a Pasco-dominated district in his bid for a Senate seat, was delighted with the news. But he said he did nothing to influence getting the map to this stage.

"Other than voting on the bill itself today in council, I played no role in drawing the maps," Fasano said. He hopes the map changes again before the full House so that more of Pasco is included in one district.

"This is a great step forward to make sure Pasco has a senator who lives in Pasco County," he said.

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