TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Lawmakers are back in Tallahassee Thursday for a special session to draw a new map for the state’s congressional districts.
The session started at noon and could run for nine days although there are signs that the Republican-controlled Legislature could wrap it up sooner.
The session is being sparked by a judge’s July ruling that found two districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week gave legislators until Aug. 15 to draw up a new map for the 27 districts.
That map will focus primarily on the two districts flagged by the judge: A sprawling district that runs from Jacksonville to Orlando held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and a central Florida district held by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster.
- President Trump Says He Is Not Considering Firing Robert Mueller
- Exclusive: Rubio Votes Yes On Tax Plan But Says “We Have A Long Way To Go” On Economic Policy
- Top White House Economist Predicts Rubio Will Come Around On Tax Bill
- ‘Youthquake’ Named Word Of The Year By Oxford Dictionaries
- Sen. Rubio A ‘No’ In Republican Tax Plan, Unless Some Things Change