Legislature Surrenders

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The Florida legislature surrendered to the courts late this morning when the House and Senate could not reach agreement on how to draw the state congressional districts.

The Florida Senate
The Florida Senate

After sending the Senate map back to the House this morning, the Senate tried to extend the special session on redrawing the congressional maps until 6 p.m. Tuesday to give the chambers time to negotiate. The House declined to go along, and the Senate folded. The House adjourned several minutes later.

Because the House and Senate could not agree, the maps will likely be drawn by a court.  The issue of “Broward Raton” will likely be revisited as a court decides the final congressional districts.

The special session was scheduled to end noon today.