Florida’s congressional map remains in limbo near deadline

Author: Associate Press
Florida governor’s mansion and state capitol building. Credit MGN

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – A new map for Florida’s 27 congressional districts remains in limbo.

The Florida Legislature is still divided over how to follow a court order to redraw congressional districts. Legislators are supposed to end their special session Friday.

The Florida House on Thursday rejected a map passed a day earlier by the Florida Senate and instead voted 60-38 for a new version that shifted voters around in four cities.

The maps proposed by both chambers would result in a dramatic shift to the state’s political landscape. Several incumbents members of Congress may be defeated if the proposals are eventually adopted.

Legislators are holding a rare August special session because the Florida Supreme Court gave them 100 days to draw new districts. The court in July ruled that lawmakers violated standards adopted by voters that prohibit drawing districts to benefit an incumbent or a member of a political party.

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