Florida: Lawmakers Leave Senate Map in Court's Hands

AP | The New York Times | 11/05/2015

The State Senate rejected a map to create new districts for itself and adjourned Thursday, leaving the Legislature with its second failed special session this year. The chamber voted 23 to 16 against the map the House approved days earlier. Senators said the maps were flawed and would divide communities. The vote means lawmakers will leave the capital with no agreement and courts will decide how the Senate’s 40 districts will be drawn. “Now we fall into the hands of a court," said Representative Jose Oliva, a Hialeah Republican and chairman of the House committee on redistricting. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 requiring compact political districts that are not drawn to benefit parties or incumbents. But repeated efforts to draw new maps have failed.

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