Judge Starts Hearing On State Senate Maps

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A judge is trying to come up with a new map for Florida’s 40 state senate districts.

Judge George Reynolds on Monday began a hearing to go through rival maps and proposals. The Legislature was to draw a new map this fall, but a special session fell apart after the House and Senate failed to agree.

Leaders called the session after the Senate conceded in court filings this summer that the current districts violate the state’s constitution.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 requiring compact political districts that aren’t drawn to benefit parties or incumbents. Legislators have drawn two previous maps that have been thrown out.

The court hearing could last several days and may feature testimony from top Republicans.

The state Supreme Court recently approved a new map for congressional districts.