Tuesday is Day 9 of Florida's 12-day special session on congressional redistricting. As legislators have one eye on each other and another on the Florida Supreme Court just across the street, here are three takeaways.
House vote: The full House casts a final vote on a new map of congressional districts and sends the map to the Senate. All signs suggest passage of a staff-drawn "base map" that follows a court order -- with no alterations. The map shifts Jacksonville Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown's district westward across the Panhandle and away from Orlando, carves out a new St. Petersburg-based Democratic district tailor-made for former Gov. Charlie Crist and recasts Rep. Dan Webster's Orlando-area district so that it's less reliably Republican, possibly ending his four-decade career in politics. It also splits Sarasota and Leon counties in two.
Hanging around: House Speaker Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, dismissed talk that the House might pass the base map, adjourn and go home, as it did in late April during an ugly cut-and-run budget meltdown. Not this time. "Absolutely, absolutely, we're here through Friday," Crisafulli said Monday.
See them talk: The chairmen of the reapportionment panels, Sen. Bill Galvano and Rep. Jose Oliva, will have to meet at some point in an effort to reconcile differences betweeen the House base map and the revised Senate version that reshapes much of Hillsborough County. Citing a decree by legislative leaders, who were citing Supreme Court advice, Galvano promised that any discussions would be noticed and held in public.