Lawmakers early this week will game out where redistricting goes from here.
What happens if Gov. Ron DeSantis vetoes congressional maps drafted by the Florida Legislature? It’s a prospect that increasingly demands attention since the Governor vowed he will not sign a map with an “unconstitutional gerrymander.”
What if DeSantis follows through?
First, bills can become law in Florida without the Governor’s signature. But the Governor indeed holds veto power on a congressional redistricting plan. If he rejects the maps, would that trigger a Special Session?
Sen. Ray Rodrigues, chair of the Senate Reapportionment Committee, said he’s meeting with counsel to discuss the process from here out. The House, which on Friday advanced two congressional maps out of a final committee stop, is expected to pass a plan off the floor this week. The maps are different from the Senate, which means the legislation will most likely end up in conference.
Chambers must come together on what to send to the Governor’s office.