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After Years Of Redistricting Challenges, Lawmaker Wants Clarity

The Florida Senate

A Republican lawmaker is trying to speed up legal challenges against the state’s redistricting process. The measure comes after a marathon of contentious court cases.

In 2012, Florida lawmakers redrew district lines to unfairly favor Republican candidates, spurring a flurry of legal challenges. The maps bounced between the courts for years, leaving candidates and the public unsure of where the district lines fell. Senator Travis Hutson of Palm Coast wants to clear up that confusion and expedite the legal process. But some opponents argue the bill could interfere with the autonomy of the court system. Peter Butzin represents the League of Women Voters.

“At larger issue is, if passed, this bill may serve as an endorsement of future legislative overreach into what is supposed to be an independent judiciary,” Butzin said.

Some Florida lawmakers are taking a stance against the courts, which they see as upsetting the balance of powers. The measure passed its first committee stop Tuesday, but still lacks a House companion bill.

As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.