Florida Senate Wants Another Chance at Redistricting
Last week we reported that the special session to redraw congressional district maps had failed, because the legislature was unable to agree upon a new map by the August 21st deadline. On Tuesday, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis held a hearing to discuss the events of the special session and how the courts will proceed. Judge Lewis decided he would put the issue on hold until he received further instructions from the Florida Supreme Court, however during the hearing the Florida Senate’s attorneys asked the courts to let the legislature have another attempt at drafting the congressional maps. Senator Bill Galvano told reporters that he believed the legislature could agree on a map if given another opportunity. The areas of the maps that were in dispute included Hillsborough County and parts of central Florida.
Governor Scott Declares State of Emergency in all Florida Counties as Tropical Storm Erica Approaches
The current projections of the path of Tropical Storm Erica show it running up the center of the state. In an effort to urge Floridians to prepare for the storm, Governor Rick Scott has declared a State of Emergency in all Florida counties. Governor Scott is expected to give an update on Tropical Storm Erika, and the storm’s potential impact on Florida from the Miami-Dade State Emergency Operations Center at 11 a.m today. In a press conference, Governor Scott stated that none of the emergency management teams have any unmet needs, and that the state has 8,000 National Guard members available if necessary. Currently projections estimate the storm to reach Florida on Monday