When the Florida House and Senate left Tallahassee at noon Friday, they ceded a great deal of control over redistricting to the courts.
As Speaker Steve Crisafulli said on the floor of the House, it's likely that a trial court judge or even Supreme Court justices could look at the last maps agreed to by the House and Senate as the basis of the map defining Florida's 27 congressional districts for the next election.
"The court will have a decision to make of whether or not they want to draw the map, take the plaintiffs' map or take up a map drawn here in the House or the Senate," he said.
It's unclear how that process would look, or whether judges would be presented with the maps passed by the House and Senate Friday. With that in mind, and with the caveat that House or Senate leaders could direct their lawyers to put forward something different, here are the most recent maps put forward by each chamber. (You can click on the maps for much higher-resolution versions.)
The House has been wary to deviate much from the base map drawn by staff before the special session began on Aug. 10. With the exception of minor tweaks in Central and South Florida -- meant to unite cities within one congressional district -- the House has eschewed most changes.
Note District 16, which has been key points of disagreement between the House and Senate. This map splits Sarasota County in two along the southern border of District 16 to be represented by U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, in the north and Thomas Rooney, R-Okeechobee, in the south. It also divides Hillsborough County between four districts.
A couple small tweaks in Central Florida were adapted from an earlier Senate map, and South Florida changes were found as well, put forward by Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Hialeah, as a compromise option meant to minimize the number of split cities. Those would give some South Floridians a new congressman or woman but largely would shift small portions of cities between seats heavily weighted toward Democrats.
The most important thing to understand about the Senate's maps is that they have proposed significant changes to districts 15 and 16.
These moves, proposed by Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, keep Sarasota County in one district and locate most of District 15 -- currently held by Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Lakeland, in southern and eastern Hillsborough. They're also the big issue the House has with Senate proposals.
This latest proposal, passed in the 11th hour just before noon on Friday, also takes into account the tweaks in South Florida, which the House put into its map.