Florida's Congressional District Map Could Soon Be Chosen

Legislature Releases Proposed Map of Congressional Districts
Posted at 4:21 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 16:21:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Today is the deadline for attorneys to submit their proposals for Florida's new congressional district map. A Florida judge is set to hold a trial on September 24th, to sort out what many are calling a 'Congressional District mess'.

On Friday, Judge Terry Lewis gave attorneys the September 14th deadline to submit their district maps for review. It's likely that as many as 4 maps could be submitted. The House and Senate are both expected to submit maps at the end of today.

Back in July, the Florida Supreme Court ordered the legislature to redraw the state's 27 congressional districts after finding the current map violated standards adopted by voters. During a special session held in August, the House and Senate deadlocked over the issue and couldn't reach a decision.

WTXL's Political Contributor, Trimmel Gomes, and says that the final map has the potential to completely change Florida politics, "This is shaking up Florida's political infrastructure as we know it. There are opportunities for people, who were not able to before, to now run for office. There's an open window. So it's an exciting time in Florida politics to see the shake up that were apart of."