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."