In light of redistricting ruling, Senate President urges members not to throw out any relevant docs, files

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Reacting to a ruling ordering legislators to draw up a new congressional map, Senate President Don Gaetz is instructing members and staff to not throw way any relevant documents or files.

In a memorandum distributed Friday evening, Gaetz instructs all members and staff  to “keep and do not delete any and all records related to the enactment of new congressional districts, including copies of unfiled draft maps, unfiled draft bills and amendments, correspondence, emails, texts and other electronic communications related to the enactment of new congressional districts, whether sent or received on official Senate accounts or devices or personal email accounts or devices.”

Gaetz says that while legislative leaders have not yet made a decision on how to proceed in response to Judge Lewis’s order, “the Legislature previously agreed to enact a remedial congressional plan.”

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis wants the new map by Aug. 15, meaning that legislators would have to hold a special session over the next two weeks in order to comply with the decision. Lewis said he will then consider whether to order a special election later this year under this new map.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this post.

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