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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.