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Divided Florida Senate Struggles to Come Up With New Map

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Oct 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-27 17:12:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A divided Florida Senate is struggling to come up with a new map for the state's 40 state Senate districts.

    

The Senate gave tentative approval to a map on Tuesday, but it's not clear if there will be enough votes for the proposal.

    

A Miami-Dade Republican state senator changed the proposal at the last minute to shift the lines in his home county. Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla said he was doing it to boost the chances that Miami-Dade will continue to have three Hispanic state senators.

    

But several Senate Democrats said the new map is now unconstitutional. One senator said that Diaz de la Portilla made the change for political reasons.

    

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 requiring compact political districts that don't benefit parties or incumbents.

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