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House dashes hopes for another congressional redistricting session

Senate Redistricting Chairman Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, held a ray of hope that the comments of House attorney George Meros in court today were a signal that the House was prepared to return in special session to resolve the redistricting impasse.

After the hearing, House deputy chief of staff Ryan Smith clarified: no go.

"The House and Senate held a two week special session, but unfortunately arrived at an impasse,'' Smith said in a statement.

"Because the Court established a very tight timeframe, and given the small difference between the two maps is because of a differing legal opinion, we think presenting the House map to the Court is the best way to proceed. We would prefer to pass a map with the Florida Senate, but they have been unyielding on their position."