Money socked away in budget for redistricting lawsuits

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As first reported on Inside the Lines: Lawmakers are setting aside extra money in the budget because they anticipate spending up to $20 million on an expected court fight over redistricting this year, reports the News Service of Florida. The Orlando Sentinel on Thursday quoted several legislative leaders saying it was prudent to set aside money for the redistricting litigation, because it? almost a sure thing. Constitutional amendments passed last year, Amendments 5 and 6, put new restrictions on lawmakers in drawing districts and most legislators assume the body will be sued over whatever it does in terms of redistricting. “I let people know reapportionment costs a lot of money, and it will cost even more with Amendment 5 and 6,” the Sentinel quoted Senate President Mike Haridopolos as saying. “And we have to pay for it.”

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