Florida House’s first redistricting maps give GOP advantages

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The Republican-controlled Florida House on Monday released its first set of redistricting maps, and they were immediately criticized by elections experts for violating state redistricting rules and derided by Democrats as “a fully-baked cake” that lacked transparency. The maps, which will be discussed in workshops Thursday of the House legislative and congressional redistricting subcommittees, were drawn by staff based on the Fair District standards of the Florida Constitution and court precedent, said House Redistricting Chair Tom Leek, R-Ormond Beach, in a memo to House members.

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