Florida Senate will vote on redistricting maps this week that aren't what some hoped for
After a long-fought battle to impose redistricting standards, proponents of the Fair Districts constitutional amendments have new maps — and they're not what they had hoped for.
But the first maps to be voted on by the full Senate this week are not unexpected either.
The maps — one for the state Senate, the other for Congress — each leave intact the controversial minority districts that consolidate Democratic voters in oddly-shaped districts. They have deeply divided the Democratic caucus and have forced Democrats to rely on the court to sort the issue out.
"The Legislature's proposals were drawn in violation of the new criteria," said Dan Gelber, a former Democratic state senator from Miami who is now legal counsel to Fair Districts Florida.