Fla. Senate to Meet in Special Redistricting Session

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Supreme Court has given the Republican-controlled Legislature some very specific guidelines for redrawing state Senate districts when the lawmakers try again.

The Legislature convenes a 15-day special session Wednesday.

The 5-2 ruling upheld the entire 120 district House map but invalidated eight of the 40 districts.

It also struck down the Senate's district renumbering scheme that would have let more incumbents serve 10 years instead of just eight before being term-limited out of office.

The justices cited various violations of the new Fair Districts amendment on legislative redistricting. That includes intentionally favoring or disfavoring incumbents or political parties and failing to follow political and geographic boundaries whenever feasible.

The ruling also faulted the Senate's methodology for attempting protect minority voting rights.


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