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Senator: Staff Maps Might Dilute Redistricting Process

Sen. Braynon's proposed map.
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Base maps for the upcoming special session on Senate districts are here.  One lawmaker is arguing for a more member-led process.

Even before House and Senate staffers released the six base maps for next week’s special session, Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens) had submitted a map of his own.  He worries the staff submissions could confuse the process—but his problem isn’t with the number of options.

“There could be six maps, there could be seven maps, there could be forty maps,” Braynon says.

“But at least a member can defend and say that’s why I drew this map this way, this map is drawn this way because of,” he goes on.  “And that I think is the real issue.”

Braynon’s map proposes changes throughout the state with special attention to southeast Florida and the I-4 corridor.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.