The Florida Supreme Court has given the state Senate until the end of the week to respond to move by the House that would allow a circuit judge to consider congressional redistricting plans from both legislative chambers and other parties in a long-running lawsuit.
Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes is again trying to shut off all red-light cameras in Florida.
The House headed to court Monday as the next step in a heated battle with the Senate over how to redraw Florida’s 27 congressional districts.
The bitter budget battle between the state’s House and Senate ended costing Florida taxpayers more than half a million dollars.
Senate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held confidential meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about “the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida’s history,” according to court documents.
The Florida Senate has approved a congressional redistricting plan but will need to work out differences with the House before ending a special legislative session.
The Florida House, controlled by Republicans, approved a new map of congressional districts in the state.
A bill filed in the state Senate could help lead to doctors and patients entering “direct primary care agreements” that would cut out insurers.
Florida lawmakers will hold a special session in October to redraw Senate districts, Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Steve Crisafulli announced Tuesday afternoon.
Democrats see a chance to pick up the Florida Senate seat being vacated by Republican Marco Rubio — but only if U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson stays out of the race.