The Florida legislature will allow Governor Ron DeSantis to draw the state’s new congressional maps.
Background: Earlier this year the Florida legislature approved a House district map that largely would have kept districts intact from the previous election.
Florida was awarded a new district due to decennial redistricting which would have favored Republicans.
The map was vetoed by Gov. DeSantis over an unconstitutional district that stretches along the Florida-Georgia border from Tallahassee to Jacksonville.
What Happened: On Monday state Senate President Wilton Simpson and state House Speaker Chris Sprowls said the legislature would not draft new maps in an upcoming legislative special session, instead punting the task to DeSantis’s office.
“Our goal during the special session is to pass a new congressional map that will both earn the Governor’s signature and withstand legal scrutiny, if challenged,” Simpson and Sprowls wrote. “At this time, Legislative reapportionment staff is not drafting or producing a map for introduction during the special session. We are awaiting a communication from the Governor’s Office with a map that he will support.” (per The Hill)
What Democrats Say: “This is a dangerous and unprecedented move. The Florida legislature’s decision to cede this decennial process of redrawing lines for congressional districts to Gov. DeSantis is undemocratic. People should pick their politicians, not the other way around,” the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said on Twitter.
What Comes Next: Any Republican-backed plan is almost certain to be challenged before Florida’s Supreme Court.