The Florida Senate is ready to pass redistricting next week

Today the Florida Senate Committee on Reapportionment passed proposed committee substitutes (PCSs) for Senate Bill 1174 and Senate Joint Resolution 1176, the state Senate and Congressional redistricting plans,with bipartisan support.

According the the Tampa Bay Times:

The committee voted 22-4 in favor of the Senate map, with four of the 10 Democrats on the committee opposed: Rich, Maria Sachs of Delray Beach, Oscar Braynon of Miami and Arthenia Joyner of Tampa.

According to a Herald/Times analysis, the map of the 40-member Senate creates 24 Republican-leaning districts, sacrificing Republican strength in areas now held by 11 of the senators leaving because of term limits. The proposal includes 14 Democrat-leaning districts and two competitive districts that could be considered a toss-up. The map creates a new Hispanic access seat in Central Florida and eight of the districts have 50 percent or more minority voters.

The Congressional map approved by the committee creates 15 Republican-leaning districts, 10 Democrat-leaning districts and two competitive districts. Five of the districts have fifty percent or more registered Democratic voters, including the minority majority seats now held by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown, Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson. None of the districts have 30 percent or more registered Independent voters. In six of the proposed districts, 50 percent or more of registered voters are black or Hispanic, including districts now held by U.S. Reps. David Rivera and Mario Diaz Balart.

The maps can be viewed via the Florida Senate’s website at http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Redistricting/.

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