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Florida House Moves Ahead With its Own Map

senator defends district map changes
Posted at 4:07 PM, Nov 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-02 16:07:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House is moving ahead with its own map for the state's 40 Senate districts.

A House committee on Monday voted along party lines for a map that is different from one approved by the full Senate.

Despite the differences, Rep. Jose Oliva maintained that the House and Senate are not on a "collision course." Oliva is the House Republican in charge of redistricting.

The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature has until this Friday to agree on a new Senate map. This is the third special session of the year.

Legislators were forced to draw new Senate districts because the Senate admitted earlier this year that senators had violated the state constitution while drawing up the current districts.

Voters in 2010 passed an amendment that says districts cannot be drawn to help incumbents or a member of a political party.