One of the major changes in Latvala’s map would be to keep Senate Majority Leader Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, and Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, in separate districts. The Florida Supreme Court sharply criticized “an odd-shaped appendage” springing from one Central Florida district that appeared aimed at keeping the two from facing each other.
Latvala’s plan would shift surrounding districts to make the appendage shorter and less pronounced. The Clearwater senator is an ally of Gardiner in Gardiner’s bid to become Senate president in 2014, reportedly in return for Latvala assuming the office in 2016, and Simmons is also a Gardiner supporter.
It would also go from a district that Democrat Alex Sink carried by almost 21 percent in the gubernatorial election to one Sink carried by almost 7 percent.
One issue for Diaz de la Portilla’s plan is that it appears to have districts that are not contiguous and would not assign all of the state’s population to a district. Any redistricting plan in Florida would have to consist of 40 contiguous districts and could not leave out any portion of the state.
Neither Latvala or Diaz de la Portilla returned calls Monday seeking comment on their plans.
The Senate Reapportionment Committee is set to meet Tuesday and approve a plan for the full Senate to consider by the end of the week. The House would take up that map next week.