Because of Rosh Hashanah, proposed maps from a voters’ coalition that has successfully challenged legislative redistricting plans are not expected to be made public until Tuesday. But the House stood by the plan it approved on a 60-38 vote last month. Lawyers for the chamber also submitted to Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis a staff-drawn “base” map that had been prepared in cooperation with the Senate, before that chamber made dramatic changes unacceptable to the House. The base map was turned into Lewis “for informational purposes,” a House spokesman said.
The Senate submitted two maps — one approved by the chamber that revamped Hillsborough County, Sarasota and Manatee counties from the base map design, and which was opposed by the House. The other Senate proposal was floated after the session collapsed in a bid to get the House to reconvene in session — a move that also failed.
The second Senate map drops much of the Hillsborough County rework but still keeps Sarasota County in one congressional district.
Once all the maps are before him, Lewis is expected to set a hearing for Sept. 24 on what map should be recommended to the Florida Supreme Court.