It's now 6 maps to 1 -- does legislature call for another session to vote?
The challengers have submitted six new maps and, based on preliminary analysis, it's clear their plans all draw 20 districts that favor Democrats and 20 that favor Republicans. (see pdfs below)
Meanwhile, Senate President Andy Gardiner said Thursday he chose to submit to the court a single Senate map, with pieces of two "base maps" that were drawn by staff, because "it's all recorded."
"For me, you go with base maps because you have a record – it’s all recorded, at least on the Senate side -- and it’s a Senate product,'' Gardiner told the Herald/Times when we caught up with him outside the Senate Republican office.
So what's the next move? One option being discussed is to call a quickie special session to give the imprimatur of legislative approval to the Senate map when lawmakers convene for committee week Nov. 30. That would give them time to get legislative approval for a map before the redistricting trial convenes on Dec. 14.
"I haven't thought that far,'' said Gardiner, R-Orlando, when asked by the Herald/Times. "I’m thinking turkey and getting the deep fryer ready."
But he is prepared to consider it.
"The members, probably over the holidays have to decide, what do we do?'' he said. "Do you have time to maybe re-evaluate or do we just go forward with that and see what the judge does."
We get criticized as they should.
"So for me it was, okay Judge Reynolds, if you’re going to make it based on how the decisions were made, the base maps are the best. Then, I said let’s combine the base maps to address the issues in South Florida and that’s how I got to that."