So here is what Tampa Bay’s State House seats will look like under a plan passed by the Florida House on Friday.
The map must still receive approval from the entire membership of the Florida House of Representatives. The Florida Senate would also have to concur on the State House map, although the State Senate map is identical to the map approved by the Florida Senate.
But few think the process is likely to end with final House and Senate votes on the measures, expected by the end of next week. While Gov. Rick Scott seems likely to sign the congressional plan, the Florida Supreme Court must review the legislative plan — and both could be challenged under either the state’s new anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts amendments or the federal Civil Rights Act.
“At the end of the day, somebody’s going to sue,” said Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach.
As was first discussed here, the new map could pit Reps. Larry Ahern and Rep. Rick Kriseman against each other, although talk is Ahern will move into the open seat north of his current district.
In Tampa, Republican Resp. James Grant and Shawn Harrison are forced into the same district.
What else is interesting about these new maps? I notice Jeff Brandes picks up Feather Sound and that Ed Hooper’s district is more condensed.
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