August 26, 2015
A special session called by the Florida legislature to redraw our state's congressional districts came to an end Friday, August 21 without a resolution. A breakdown in negotiations between the Florida House and Senate may result in the courts drawing the final maps.
The special session was called when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that eight of Florida's 27 congressional districts, drawn during the 2012 redistricting process, violated a prohibition on the favoring of political parties and incumbents. Redrawing the eight disputed districts will necessitate changes to several of the other districts in the state.
To address a similar legal challenge on the constitutionality of Florida's Senate districts, a special legislative session will start October 19 for the purpose of redrawing the state's Senate map