House panel approves congressional maps

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The House subcommittee charged with crafting the state’s congressional boundaries as part of the once-a-decade redistricting process approved three maps Monday on a series of party-line votes, reports the News Service of Florida. The maps approved include the two most compact options developed by committee staff, and all three include a heavily Hispanic district in Central Florida that might give Latinos an opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice. Republicans argued that the plans are far superior to the current maps. A vote on the maps for the House is scheduled later in the afternoon. The House is expected to largely follow the Senate’s proposed maps for that chamber.

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