FL Legislature Divided Over New Districts


The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature , which has been split over health care and a new state budget this year, is divided again.

This time, though, the Associated Press reports that they are split on a new map for congressional districts.

With just days left in their special session, legislators in the House and Senate are now working on changes to the state’s 27 congressional districts. This coming after the state Supreme Court ruled that legislators violated voter-approved standards in eight districts and drew a map designed to benefit Republicans.

The court gave legislators just 100 days to come up with a new map in time for the 2016 election. A final house vote on the map is expected Tuesday.

A Senate panel on Monday appeared to push for their own slightly different map, but House leaders are currently downplaying the differences between the two.

We’re focused on what the House has to do right now,” said House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.

Regardless of the differences between the two maps, though, it appears as if it will be difficult for either U.S. Representative Gwen Graham or Dan Webster to get re-elected in 2016. It would also likely result in former Governor Charlie Crist seeking a revamped congressional seat in Pinellas County.

Allison Leslie is a University of South Florida graduate with a bachelors degree in Mass Communications. She joined Genesis in 2016. With a passion for sports, Allison has interned with 620 WDAE, Pewter Report, Trifecta Team: St. Petersburg Bowl, Bullscast, and many other publications. Being a native to the Bay Area, she has followed and supported Tampa Bay teams her whole life.