Senate Changes Map Amid Miami-Dade QuestionsThe political realities of redistricting burst into the open Tuesday, as the Senate approved a proposal increasing the Hispanic share of three of the chamber's South Florida seats over objections from Democrats who argued the move was an attempt to prevent incumbents from running against each other.
Senators Joust Over Maps Ahead Of Key VoteOne day before a high-stakes committee meeting, there were few signs Thursday that state senators were any closer to agreement on how the chamber's 40 districts should be drawn or numbered to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment banning political gerrymandering.
Chairman Releases Redistricting Plan Amid Numbers ControversyThe chairman of the state Senate committee charged with redrawing districts for the 40-member chamber released his proposed draft of the map late Wednesday, as Republican discontent with a plan for whether and when members would have to run for re-election continued to brew.
It's Map-Drawing Time Again For Florida LegislatorsIf only it was as simple as “X” marks the spot. Because if it was, the Florida Legislature wouldn’t have to meet for the third special session of the year to draw up new maps for 40 state Senate districts.
Legislative Lawyers Blast Map Recommended By JudgeHouse and Senate lawyers tore into the map a Leon County judge recommended the state use in the 2016 congressional elections, arguing that the Florida Supreme Court should instead go with one of three plans submitted by lawmakers.
Draft Senate Maps Released As Special Session LoomsThe Legislature on Wednesday released six draft maps of Senate districts for a special session that begins next week, opening up the next phase of a long-running battle over Florida's congressional and legislative lines.
House Map-Drawers Defend Congressional DistrictsLegislative aides who drew a map of congressional districts backed by the state House defended the plan in court Thursday, even as they conceded that other alternatives might also be good maps or have positive qualities.
Judge To Sort Out Congressional District Map MessLeon County District Judge Terry Lewis will try and sort out the political mess left due to squabbling over the state's 27 congressional districts at a trial this week.