Last Friday, Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled that members of the Florida Legislature need to immediately redraw two congressional districts he deemed unconstitutional. Lewis ordered state lawmakers to submit a revised map by Aug. 15. He also ruled the secretary of state propose a special election plan for the affected congressional districts.
Last week, a circuit court judge ruled that the Florida Legislature broke state laws when drawing up congressional districts in 2012. Since the decision was announced, Republican leaders announced they won’t be challenging the ruling.
A week into the 12-day redistricting trial, groups challenging the Florida Legislature's congressional maps are asking for Florida Supreme Court to overrule a lower court and require that political operatives turn over emails, maps and memos related to the state's redistricting effort in 2012.
An ongoing battle over whether the state’s newest congressional districts were drawn with a partisan bias will continue in a Tallahassee courtroom this week.
Following a 2011 Miami Herald investigation showing neglect, abuse and death in the state’s assisted living facilities, lawmakers vowed to put reforms in place. However, three years later, the Florida Legislature has yet to pass anything.
Just a few days shy of the beginning of this year’s legislation session, there are signs that in-state tuition for undocumented students might pass.