Legislators to vote on new maps

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Florida legislators are going to vote on a proposal to tweak and alter seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts.

The Florida Legislature is holding a special session to draw up a new map in order to comply with a judge’s ruling.

House and Senate committees are scheduled to vote Friday on a new map that would make changes to a handful of districts located in north and central Florida.

The session is being sparked by a judge’s July ruling that found two districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week gave legislators until Aug. 15 to draw up a new map.

Voters in 2010 passed the “Fair Districts” amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party.