Senate passes new congressional map, 25-12

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The Florida Senate has approved a map that revises the state’s congressional districts.

The Florida Senate voted 25-12 on Monday to change seven of the state’s 27 congressional districts. The Florida House is expected to vote later Monday.

Legislators are holding a special session after a judge ruled in July that two districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans. Circuit Judge Terry Lewis earlier this month gave legislators until Aug. 15 to draw a new map.

The map was drawn up by Republicans and alters seven districts in north and central Florida. Democrats drew up an alternative plan but it was voted down by the GOP majority.

It’s not clear right now if the new districts will be put in place before the 2016 elections.