Florida judge will try to sort out state's congressional district mess

Associated Press | The Florida Times Union | 09/23/2015

TALLAHASSEE— A Florida judge this week is going to try to sort out the political mess left due to squabbling over the state's 27 congressional districts.

The Florida Supreme Court in July ordered the Republican-controlled Legislature to redraw the state's congressional districts after finding the current map violated standards adopted by voters. But the House and Senate deadlocked over the issue during an August special session.

Judge Terry Lewis on Thursday will hold a trial where he will consider seven different maps. Lewis is expected to recommend one of the proposals to the state Supreme Court for final approval.

Three maps have been proposed by the House and Senate. The other four proposals were submitted by the groups that sued the Legislature.

If adopted, the proposed maps could lead to the possible ouster of several incumbents in Congress.

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