Special Session Over Congressional District Maps Collapses

Tallahassee Capitol

Today is the final day of the 2015 Special Session B, which called upon the legislature to redraw Florida’s 27 congressional districts, which were deemed unconstitutional by the Florida Supreme Court. Yesterday, the Florida House and Florida Senate had two different maps which needed to be identical by the scheduled end of the special session at noon today. The differences between the maps are in the Tampa Bay and central Florida areas. At noon today, it was announced that the session had hit a stalemate and the legislature will not be passing any revised maps. The Senate sought to extend the special session until 6 p.m. Tuesday to finish the negotiations, but the Florida House declined to extend. The fall-out will likely lead to the supreme court drawing the congressional maps.