Redistricting Partially Approved By Fla. Court
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami) – The Florida Supreme Court issued a mixed ruling Friday over plans to redistrict the Florida House and Senate.
In a 5-2 opinion, the Court rejected the state Senate’s plan to redistrict itself, while upholding the House’s plan for its own redistricting. The dissenting justices said they would have approved both maps.
The case was the first time the high court had been asked to weigh in on redistricting since amendments were placed into the Florida constitution to prevent gerrymandering of districts to favor one party or the other.
Democrats and other groups filed suit after the plans were released saying the plans violated those constitutional amendments.
Even though the state’s registration is evenly split between the two parties, the redistricting gives the GOP a two-to-one majority in both the House and the Senate.
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