Lawmakers broke law, fixing it will cost us

Tallahassee, Florida -- The people you sent to the capital to make the laws have been breaking the laws.

And Thursday, they're being called back to Tallahassee to -- hopefully -- get things right.

This special session of the Legislature is going to cost us all even more money.

Taxpayers are paying $70,000 a day for it, and that's on top of the court costs that have already been rung up in this fight.

A judge has now ruled the Republican-run Legislature screwed up.

They did not follow the law when they used the 2010 census to make a new map of Florida's congressional districts.

We the people passed a constitutional amendment that -- for the first time -- said those districts have to be fair and even.

So the Legislature's going back to Tallahassee under a judge's orders to redraw two of the districts in a way that's not partisan.

One of them is Congressman Dan Webster's district, Florida's 10th, which includes northeast Polk County. The judge says it stretches over into Orlando, only to give him a Republican benefit.

The other district is Congresswoman Corrine Brown's, Florida's 5th. It's like a snake that went and swallowed up highly African American areas, going from south of Orlando all the way to north of Jacksonville.

The judge says by packing so many black voters into one district, they're not represented enough in a lot of other districts.

Monday, the Legislature should approve a new map that fixes this.

The big question then: Will that judge order new, special elections for Congress?

Those could happen in ten or more counties where the district lines may be redrawn.

10 News reporter Garin Flowers is in Tallahassee covering the special session follow him on twitter at @GarinFlowers and watch and 10 News at 5 p.m. for updates.


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