Florida lawmakers OK new redistricting maps

Tallahassee, Florida -- After three days of a special session, state lawmakers have approved a new congressional map to comply with a judge's order.

The Senate approved their plan shortly before 4 p.m. Monday and the House approved that plan a couple hours later.

This map will address Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis' order to redraw a congressional map he ruled illegal. Lewis says it violated a "Fair Districts" constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters in 2010.

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz called lawmakers back to Tallahassee for special session which started last Thursday.

Lewis set out a plan for them to present him a new map by Friday. A vote for a new map was expected to go up until Wednesday, but the Republican-held Legislature pushed through the process.

That angered Democrats who say they were left out and this map does not reach the constitutionality the judge was looking for.

The map was drawn up by Republicans and alters seven districts in north and central Florida. Democrats drew up an alternative plan, but it was voted down by the GOP majority.

The measure passed in the House 71-38.

Two constitutional amendments adopted by voters in 2010 forbid state legislators to consider party affiliation, incumbency or other partisan factors in drawing district lines.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment