Florida’s proposed redistricting map creates a new Orlando-area congressional district

Florida’s proposed redistricting map creates a new Orlando-area congressional district

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  • Snapshot of the Florida Senate
  • The proposed congressional map would create a new district between Orlando and Tampa.

The new U.S. House District 28 in Florida will be planted in Central Florida, west of Osceola County and the Polk County Line, under preliminary redistricting proposals put forward by senators Wednesday.

Other than that, most draft maps incorporated a few drastic changes from the current congressional and Senate districts.

Senators have released four proposed maps of Congress and four proposed maps for the Senate that will be presented before redistricting subcommittees next week. Redrawing district boundaries once a decade will be a major issue during the 2022 legislative cycle, which begins in January, with new maps being drawn up for next year’s elections.

Florida lawmakers encouraged not to talk about how redistricting proposals might affect upcoming elections

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Florida lawmakers encouraged not to talk about how redistricting proposals might affect upcoming elections

By News Service of Florida


“In drafting the maps for the subcommittees selected for their review, staff did not consult anyone other than counsel,” Jay Ferrin, director of staff for the Redistribution Committee, wrote in a memo to senators with the maps released Wednesday.

As in the redistricting process a decade ago, the Senate has not released proposed state assembly districts. The House of Representatives is working separately on its map proposals.

The Senate’s initial proposals would accommodate the new Central Florida region by condensing areas to the east around Orlando and to the west in the Tampa area. However, they do not appear to be significantly changing two districts – District 7 held by Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and District 13 held by Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist – that have received the most attention from critics as potential targets for the Republican-dominated legislature to help overturn US House of Representatives seats.

In at least two of the map drafts, the new lines appear to preserve the composition of the electorate that had President Joe Biden outperform former President Donald Trump in both areas.

The 13th district seat will be open as Crest is vying for governor in 2022, a move some of which is attributed to the national Republican Party targeting the seat.

In 2020, Trump won fifteen of the 27 districts in Congress. Under the draft proposals, Trump’s win total appears to be 16.

Florida gets 28 seats in the US House of Representatives due to population growth over the past decade.

Dave Wasserman wrote on Twitter: “These maps support Rep. Maria Salazar (right) FL27, but other than that it’s hardly planned in the delimitations.” American House Editor of the Cook Political Report. By my count, these maps disintegrate 16-12 Trump Biden, versus today’s 15-12. Is this a fake head? ”

Wasserman added that the Murphy and Christ seats remain in Biden’s territory, before adding, “I would be very surprised if the Tallahassee RS settled on this.” In 2020 Salazar defeated former U.S. Representative Donna Shalala, D-Florida, in Miami-Dade County.

Florida’s congressional delegation currently consists of 16 Republicans and 10 Democrats, with one seat open in a densely populated area of ​​South Florida. Before the release of draft maps, Wasserman expected the numbers to veer into 19 GOP leaning regions.

The current lines for Congress were drawn after the Florida Supreme Court abandoned the legislature’s first attempt in 2012. This decision stemmed from violations of the constitutional amendment against manipulation of “fair circles” that voters approved in 2010.

Ferrin wrote that the proposed lines followed federal and state laws, including fair district requirements.

“The counties were demarcated without using any residence information of any member of the Florida Legislature or Congress, and without regard to maintaining the existing county boundaries,” Ferrin wrote.

On Tuesday, before the drafts were released, Senate leaders urged lawmakers not to discuss how the maps could affect their political fortunes.

The day before, the Senate’s chair of redistribution, Ray Rodriguez, R. Estero, asked lawmakers to honor the proposals and heed analysis from organizations “whose goals could be motivated by improper partisan intentions.”

Currently, the Senate consists of 24 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

House Democrats released a statement Wednesday affirming their desire for an open redistricting process.

“I’m glad to finally see some maps. Rep. Kelly Skidmore, Boca Raton Democrat and senior party member of the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee, said in a statement, we hope the House follows up soon and we can start working.

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