TALLAHASSEE – In a rare clash between Gov. Ron DeSantis and a usually compliant, Republican-led Legislature, the redrawing of boundaries for Florida’s 28 congressional districts has veered way off course.
Lawmakers for months pledged not to stray from state and federal law in drawing new lines for state House, Senate and congressional districts. They were intent on avoiding a repeat of the costly, three-year legal battle that followed the last round of redistricting a decade ago.
But DeSantis now clearly wants a courtroom fight. And the targets for the governor’s attack are the state’s Fair Districts amendments, which have guided redistricting since voters put them in the constitution in 2010.