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House gavels in extraordinary "redistricting" session

Lawmakers are back at the capital just days after the close of the regular session. Regan McCarthy reports legislators are starting an extraordinary session to re-draw the state’s senate voting district maps.

The Florida Supreme court ruled the senate voting district maps are unconstitutional, but the house maps are okay. That’s why House Redistricting Chairman Will Weatherford says the House will largely follow the Senate’s lead in the re-work.

“I am confident in the Senate’s ability. I’ve been talking to my counterpart Senator Gaetz, but obviously we’re giving deference to the Senate maps, but I think the court gave some pretty serious recommendations and it’s my understanding they’re taking those maps pretty seriously.”

The House isn’t expected to reconvene in session for more than a week.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

Phone: (850) 645-6090 | rmccarthy@fsu.edu

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