Report: Gov. DeSantis to Draw New U.S. House Map

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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: Democrats and“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.



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JohnnyBgood
JohnnyBgood
2 months ago

Fuck off scuzzie democrat pedophiles!

Don
Don
2 months ago

We hope it works for us.

John
John
2 months ago

If this were a Socialist/Democrat governor, reassigning districts would be fine for them. But it is a Republican governor so it’s an issue. Hypocrites.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
2 months ago

I’ll say it again. Governor Desantis is a total rockstar!!!
MD’s Homan stands to learn much from him.
He’s a RINO through and through!!!
Endorsed Democrat for atty general. Kkkreeep!

MNIce
MNIce
2 months ago

Essentially, the Legislature said, “Alright, you don’t accept our map. Let’s see you do better.”

If the Legislature approves the Governor’s map, the Constitutional process has been carried out. Anybody can propose a districting map to the Legislature and it can be made a bill for the Governor’s signature, so long as it meets legal requirements and the Legislature approves it. The only thing that’s unique about having the Governor draw the map is that he’d look foolish if afterwards he vetoed it.

Eddie Price
2 months ago

Gotta love Desantis!

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