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Florida Lawmakers Head To Court After Failed Special Session

Mark Foley
Florida House of Representatives

Lawmakers in the Florida House headed to court Monday.

As First Coast Connect host Melissa Ross reports, it’s the next step after an impasse with the Senate over how to redraw Florida's 27 congressional districts.

House lawyers have asked the Florida Supreme Court to allow a Leon County judge to consider redistricting plans from the House, Senate and potentially other parties.

This after a lawsuit that led to a ruling last month striking down eight of the state's congressional districts.

Florida legislators dissolved their two­-week redistricting session Friday without agreement on a congressional map.

During an appearance on WJCT's “First Coast Connect,” Mike Binder, a pollster and professor of political science at the University of North Florida, spoke about the special session.

“You have the House, Senate and Governor all from the same party, and they’re botching these special sessions,” Binder said. “It’s mind-boggling.”

Listen to the full conversation with Mike Binder on Tuesday’s episode of the “First Coast Connect” podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

Melissa Ross joined WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her career as a television and radio news anchor and reporter, Melissa has won four regional Emmys for news and feature reporting.