After a lengthy legal battle that has veered through multiple courtrooms and cost taxpayers millions of dollars, the Florida Legislature has decided to go ahead and draw a new map for the state’s 27 congressional districts.
But the big question remains: When will voters start using it?
In an extraordinary move, House Speaker Will Weatherford emailed legislators late Sunday and told them to return to the state Capitol for a special session to devise a new map. The week-long session will start Thursday.
The move is unusual since legislators are in the middle of an election season. Florida’s primary is Aug. 26 and in just a few days early voting will begin across the state.
Weatherford said that during the special session, legislators would address the “limited concerns” that caused Circuit Judge Terry Lewis to declare the map invalid last month. Lewis found that two districts violated standards approved by voters because the districts were drawn to benefit Republicans.
The composition of the committees on redistricting is:
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