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House poised to consider 2 congressional map alternatives Monday

The Florida House on Monday will consider two proposed changes to the congressional district map, one of which has already been thrown out under legislative rules.

Just Reps. Julio Gonzalez, R-Venice, and Mike Hill, R-Pensacola, had filed amendments by the noon Friday deadline to be considered by the full House.

Gonzalez's amendment follows the lead of Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, who proposed changes to keep Sarasota County and the eastern part of Manatee County represented by one member of Congress, currently U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Republican.

The original "base map" drawn by House and Senate staff split Sarasota County into two seats, which upset many locals.

Hill's proposed change would revert to an older congressional map already ruled unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court. But the House Select Committee on Redistricting disposed of the amendment before voting on it in their hearing Thursday because it technically falls outside the proclamation for a special session.

The Senate Reapportionment Committee, meanwhile, is expected to consider more amendments Monday, including four already filed and one "composite" that would take into account all of the amendments offered by Sens. Detert, Tom Lee, R-Brandon; David Simmons, R-Altamonte Springs; and Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville.

That map still hasn't been filed with the Senate, but senators have until 8 a.m. Monday to make requests to the committee for changes.

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