The Florida Senate on Saturday released its first attempt at fixing its rejected Senate redistricting map with this proposal. Here is what Tampa Bay’s districts would look like under the new plan:
As you can easily ascertain, the Senate Reapportionment Committee DID NOT (as some, such as Barry Edwards, speculated) redraw the maps in a way that would slice in half Pinellas County. Rather, they have one seat stretching from the Gulf Beaches into South Tampa, while another seat, based mostly in Hillsborough, bridges three counties to keep a minority-access seat.
Actually, the new map’s districts look a lot like the rejected map’s districts until you get further away from Pinellas and Hillsborough.
For more analysis of the new maps, be sure to follow @MaryEllenKlas of the Miami Herald, who appears to be dedicating her St. Patrick’s Day to reviewing the new maps.