Lawmakers on Monday filed three potential maps of the state’s 27 congressional districts for a Leon County judge to consider, as the deadline for turning plans into the court approached. The state House wants Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to approve the last map that House members voted out during a special redistricting session that collapsed last month, while the Senate is floating two alternative proposals for the judge to consider. After the session collapsed, the Florida Supreme Court gave Lewis the task of coming up with a map for justices to review. The Supreme Court struck down the current congressional map in July for violating the anti-gerrymandering “Fair Districts” standards approved by voters in 2010.
A coalition of voting-rights organizations that challenged the districts and a group of voters, backed by the Florida Democratic Party, who also sued, could each file their own proposals — leaving Lewis with at least five maps to choose from.
The House offered a slightly changed version of the “base map” drawn by legislative aides to respond to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the old districts. Amid discussions with the Senate, the House proposed a map that also consolidated the cities of Groveland, Auburndale, Riviera Beach and Sunrise. But that failed to bridge a difference with the Senate, which wanted more far-reaching changes to the base map.
In a brief accompanying the proposed map Monday, lawyers for the House laid out how the plan was drawn.
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