Everything Old Is New Again: Little Changed Congressional Map Passes First Hurdle

Aug 8, 2014

Before and After: The image on the left depicts congressional district 5 before the proposed changes. The small yellow circles indicate the changes in Marion county.
Credit Select Committee on Redistricting

Less than 24 hours into Florida’s special legislative session, revised congressional district maps are heading to the floor.   But the proposed changes don’t look very different from the recently invalidated map.

The committees charged with proposing new congressional districts to the Florida Legislature passed their first drafts today.  But the revisions focus on tweaking at the edges rather than creating broad changes.  Legislative analyst Jason Poreda describes one of the changes that will have little effect on voting.

“The majority of that area that we added in Marion County is unpopulated area,” Poreda says.  “There’s a bombing range there, but we better followed some of the roadways that kind of follow that area and were able to improve some mathematical compactness that way”

The proposals now move to their chamber floors, where debate and voting are expected to begin Monday.