Senate Redistricting

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A prolonged battle over district maps between Florida lawmakers and the state Supreme Court came to an end earlier this year. Now a South Florida legislator wants to put independent citizens in charge of redistricting.

The final version of new Senate districts.
The Florida Senate

Florida’s senate borders are finalized but Tuesday legislative attorneys met to randomly assign them district numbers.  Those numbers—even or odd—will determine how long the next batch of senators can hold their seats.

Nick Evans / WFSU News

The Florida Senate will have district maps largely based on recommendations from a coalition of voting rights groups. Leon Circuit Judge George Reynolds has rejected a redrawn plan submitted by state lawmakers as part of a long-running redistricting case.

The Florida Senate.
David July via Flickr

The question of what to do with Florida’s Senate map is now in a judge’s hands.  Arguments wrapped up Thursday in an ongoing dispute over district boundaries.

The Senate map is now in the hands of Circuit Judge George Reynolds.
David July via Flickr

Arguments are wrapped up Thursday in the court case over the Senate’s district map.  The central issue has been minority access districts. 

The Senate redistricting trail moved into its second day.
Nick Evans

The second day in court hearings over Florida’s Senate map dug into the details of demographic performance.  The sides are still battling over what’s necessary for minority districts to perform.

The courts are weighing which Senate map is best.
David July via Flickr

Arguments are underway in the Florida Senate’s redistricting case.  The Senate and a voting rights coalition are squaring off before a Leon County Circuit Judge.

Florida's Supreme Court has ruled on congressional maps.
Nick Evans

The Florida Supreme Court has released its opinion, upholding a congressional map drawn by a coalition of voting rights organizations.  But while the justices may be looking for finality, there’s plenty of uncertainty ahead.

There are murmurs around the Capitol in support of a independent redistricting commission.  Would it fix reapportionment?
David July via Flickr

The bitter fight over Florida’s political boundaries has brought some legislative leaders to the conclusion the state needs a new system for drawing maps.  But the independent commission that many on the left have spent years clamoring for isn’t a silver bullet.

Sen. Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) found himself under siege Thursday as he attempted to gain passage for a new Senate map.
The Florida Channel

Senators from across the state revolted Thursday after leadership pitched a district map drawn in the house.  This is the second time this year the state Legislature has ended a special session without agreeing on a map.

Nick Evans

  The Florida Legislature has yet again failed to reach an agreement on a key political map.  Now the question of how to draw the state’s 40 Senate districts heads to court.

Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah)
The Florida Channel

The Florida House passed its own version of a Senate district map Tuesday.  Now the map heads back to the Senate for approval or the chambers will have to work out a compromise.

Rep. Jose Oliva (R-Hialeah)
The Florida Channel

House lawmakers approved a series of changes Monday for the Senate’s districting plan.  The new draft borrows ideas from the Legislature’s opponents.

The Florida Senate took its first step toward a new map this week, but lawmakers likely still have a long way to go.
Nick Evans

The tension was just too much in the halls of Florida’s Senate.  Relations finally ruptured this week, with lawmakers taking the floor to bash one another over past sins and misdeeds.  But they did get their map.  Now the only question is whether they can gain approval in the House and in the courts.

The Florida Channel

The Senate voted Wednesday to approve a new set of district lines.  But that narrow passage points to an ongoing feud that has marked the process from the very beginning.

A comparison of Diaz De La Portilla's alterations with the homes of incumbent Florida Senators.
Matthew Isbell via Twitter / MCI Maps @mcimaps

The Florida Senate discussed its new map Tuesday eventually settling on handful changes near Miami.  And lawmakers had a lot on their plate with twenty different options to choose from.

The proposal, known as 9090, that Senators passed through committee.
FL Senate District Explorer

This week the Senate will take up and likely pass a proposal for the chamber’s new district lines.  But the membership is fractured and the process could get ugly.

One of the six Senate base maps.
Nick Evans

State lawmakers are discussing how to make good on a mapmaking process tainted by political influence.  Meanwhile two Democrats want to impose penalties—up to being kicked out of office—for any map misconduct in the future.

Nick Evans / WFSU News

The fight over Florida’s congressional borders isn’t quite over, but another confrontation may be brewing.  This time the subject is Senate districts.

Can the House and Senate find a way to work together?
Jenn Greiving via Wikimedia Commons

Next week lawmakers will put their nose to grindstone for the fourth time this year.  As the Legislature prepares to revise Florida’s Senate districts, state and federal lawmakers traded barbs about how borders are drawn.

Sen. Braynon's proposed map.
FL Senate District Explorer

Base maps for the upcoming special session on Senate districts are here.  One lawmaker is arguing for a more member-led process.