Back To Tallahassee For A Third Special Session


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Florida Legislature will go into special session in October to redraw the state’s Senate districts.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner called for the special session on Tuesday.

It will be the third special session of the year.

The decision was made after the Florida Supreme Court threw out congressional maps earlier this month because they violated the state’s constitution.

The legislative leaders said that ruling would have implications on a lawsuit challenging Senate maps.

The special session will begin Oct. 19 and end Nov. 6.

Lawmakers are holding a special session next month to redraw congressional districts.

That follows a June special session to settle a budget dispute.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 requiring compact political districts that don’t benefit parties or incumbents.