Lawmakers continue to study how close to the line they can go.
The Florida Constitution prohibits the GOP-dominated Legislature from redistricting to intentionally keep Republicans in power. But what if it happens by mistake?
Much of a Tuesday meeting of the House Redistricting Committee centered around the question of what, exactly, constitutes partisan mapmaking. While that’s a dicey question in any arena, a lawyer advising lawmakers said it’s certainly about more than who wins elections next year.
“It all comes back to intent,” said Andy Bardos, outside counsel from GrayRobinson, in a presentation to the Redistricting Committee. “Why is the Legislature drawing the way it is doing it and why is it choosing what it’s choosing?”