Members of Congress along with some Florida lawmakers blasted the first draft of a new set of Florida congressional districts.
Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature, stung by a harshly worded ruling from the state’s highest court, returns to the state Capitol this week for a 12-day special session to draw up new congressional districts.
A nearly two-week special session is going to be held in August so that the Florida Legislature can draw up new congressional districts.
A bitterly divided Florida Supreme Court threw out eight congressional districts Thursday in a long-awaited ruling, ordering the Legislature to redraw the lines within the next 100 days.
The state’s highest court has ordered that at least eight congressional districts be redrawn because they don’t meet the requirements that prohibits political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or a political party.
A series of emails and documents could expose the role that Republican consultants played in drawing new congressional districts. But a Gainesville-based political consultant doesn’t want to take that chance and asked the Florida Supreme Court Tuesday to delay the release of the documents.
Florida’s top election official is recommending that the state hold special elections for Congress next year, even though that may violate federal law.
Lawmakers passed new congressional districts on nearly party-line votes in the House and the Senate on Monday, sending the map back to the courts as early voting opened in some counties.
Florida’s Senate approved a map revising the congressional districts around the state.
Lawmakers are a step closer to complying with a court order to draw new congressional districts.