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House changes congressional map proposal sent by Senate

The Florida House approved Thursday afternoon a congressional map put forward by Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Hialeah.

This map of districts strikes alterations made in the Senate to district lines in Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, and substitutes changes in Central and South Florida to keep some cities, including Sunrise, wholely within one district.

The new map passed by a 60-38 vote.

Now, the map will go back to the Senate, which is not expected to meet again until Friday morning. Oliva, who chairs the House Select Committee on Redistricting, will meet later this afternoon with Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, in an open meeting to discuss these changes.

Lawmakers are up against a self-imposed deadline of noon tomorrow. But House Speaker Steve Crisafulli's office has said it hasn't made any moves toward extending the special session in Tallahassee.

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