While lawmakers will have to redraw eight congressional districts, the changes also will have spillover effects into neighboring districts.
Crisafulli in a statement said legislators don’t have enough time to hold hearings. “In terms of public hearings, we are responding to a specific court order under a very tight time frame”.
The request for hearings, sent Thursday to Crisafulli and state Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, came from Republican and Democratic members of Congress from various parts of the state. “Anything less would be a travesty since the goal is fair representation for all of Florida’s citizens”. The 2010 constitutional amendment, known as the “Fair Districts” amendment, was aimed at ending gerrymandering. The eight districts are now represented by Democrat Corrine Brown, Republican David Jolly, Democrat Kathy Castor, Democrat Ted Deutch, Democrat Lois Frankel, Republican Mario Diaz-Balart, Republican Carlos Curbelo and Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
A week after the Florida Supreme Court overturned the state’s congressional boundaries, a Leon County judge Friday began balancing the impact of that ruling on a looming challenge to state Senate districts. The judge in the Senate case even wondered aloud last week about the similarities in how the congressional districts and Senate districts were created, noting both were drawn through the same process.
Reynolds III issued an order that said a special legislative session to redraw districts and a subsequent trial must be finished by September 25.
Supporters of both lawsuits say the evidence that GOP lawmakers failed to follow constitutional guidelines mandating compact districts that do not favor political parties or incumbents is just as strong, or stronger, in the Senate case.
Much of the evidence in the Senate case comes from the same GOP political consultants whose emails and other records were used to establish partisan tampering in the congressional redistricting process.
But the progress appears to be slowing, as attorneys for the Legislature cancel some depositions they had originally sought.
The high court ruling on the congressional districts set a “tremendous precedent” that should influence how judges view the Senate case, speeding the process along, King said. So you have to provide it through bits and pieces.
A legal procedure choice repulsing many of Florida’s congressional zone maps a week ago has curved along the temperatures with in already warm vote yr, adding trouble inside of the major You can include.S. swing action status inside the 2016 presidential elections.
Depositions have also been postponed for Chris Clark, a former top aide to Senate President Don Gaetz of Niceville, and John Guthrie, who served as staff director for the Senate redistricting committee.