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The 2022 Florida Statutes

Title II
Chapter 8
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F.S. 8.0001
18.0001 Definitions.In accordance with s. 8(a), Art. X of the State Constitution, the United States Decennial Census of 2020 is the official census of the state for the purposes of congressional redistricting.
(1) The following delineation of congressional districts employs areas included within official county, tract, block groups, and block boundary descriptions used by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, in compiling the United States Decennial Census of 2020 in this state. The populations within these census geographic units are the population figures reported in the counts of the United States Decennial Census of 2020 provided to the state in accordance with Pub. L. No. 94-171.
(2) As used in this chapter, the term:
(a) “Block” describes the smallest geographic unit for which population was tabulated in the 2020 decennial census. Blocks are nested within tracts and within block groups. A block is identified by a three-character number that is unique within a block group.
(b) “Block equivalency file” describes a list of all blocks within the state and the congressional district number designated for each block. Blocks are listed by a 15-character number that combines the five-character county-level Federal Information Processing 2Standards(FIPS) code, the six-character tract number with leading zeros and an implied decimal, the single-character block group number, and the three-character block number.
(c) “Block group” describes a cluster of blocks within the same census tract. Block groups are nested within tracts and are uniquely identified by a single-character number with a valid range of 0 through 9.
(d) “County” describes a legal governmental subdivision of the state. Boundaries of counties described in this chapter reflect those boundaries in effect as of January 1, 2020.
(e) “Geographical information systems map” describes an electronic map that represents the boundaries of the congressional districts of the state in a commonly accepted and readable format.
(f) “Tract” describes a relatively permanent statistical subdivision of a county. Tracts are nested within counties and are uniquely identified by an up-to-four-character number and a two-digit suffix.
History.s. 1, ch. 96-192; s. 1, ch. 2002-12; s. 1, ch. 2003-1; s. 1, ch. 2012-2; s. 1, ch. 2022-265.
1Note.Section 13, ch. 2022-265, provides that “[e]xcept as otherwise expressly provided in this act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon this act becoming a law, this act shall take effect upon the expiration of the terms of the representatives to the United States House of Representatives serving on the date that this act becomes a law.” Chapter 2022-265 became law on April 22, 2022. United States Constitution, amend. XX, s. 1, provides that the terms of representatives shall end at noon on the 3rd day of January of every second year.
2Note.The word “Standards” was inserted by the editors to conform to the complete name of the standards and guidelines for federal computer systems that are developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.