Lawmakers draw new district map on session's first day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- State lawmakers find themselves back in Tallahassee much earlier than they expected to clean up an expensive congressional map mess.

Thursday, a House committee proposed a new map during a 16 minute meeting. The biggest difference in that one is cutting a big portion of Orlando out of District 10. All in all, the leadership has expressed that a special session is fine, a special election is not.

"Any member that offers a plan should be prepared to explain the identity of every person involved in drawing reviewing, directing or approving the proposal," said Rep. Robert Schenck, R-Spring Hill.

Leon County Judge Terry Lewis ordered them to fix two districts -- District 5 and District 10 -- believed to favor the Republican Party.

"We want to make sure that we can draw some good maps and also make sure that minorities are able to get elected," said Rep. Reggie Fullwood, D-Jacksonville.

"I think it's going to be a very open and transparent process and we hope to have it resolved quickly," said Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.

"We would certainly stand our ground with regards to our position that it should not affect the 2014 election cycle," said House Speaker Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel.

Lawmakers could vote in a new map as early as Tuesday of next week, but they have until Friday at noon to turn it into Lewis.


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