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Redistricting special session to start Aug. 10

Florida Supreme Court ordered congressional districts redrawn within 100 days

5th Congressional District before and after Florida Legislature's redistricting in 2014.The Florida Supreme Courtruledon July 9 lawmakers the new map, along with seven other districts in the state, still favors the incumbent.
5th Congressional District before and after Florida Legislature's redistricting in 2014.The Florida Supreme Courtruledon July 9 lawmakers the new map, along with seven other districts in the state, still favors the incumbent.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida House and Senate leaders on Monday called a special legislative session to starting Aug. 10 to redraw congressional districts, including District 5, currently held by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Andy Gardiner announced that the session would last until August 21.

DOCUMENT: Special session proclamation

The session was called after the Florida Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that eight districts violated a voter-approved constitutional amendment in 2010 prohibiting political lines from being drawn to favor incumbents or a political party.

The justices gave the Republican-controlled Legislature 100 days to change the boundaries of the eight districts. These changes could affect many more of the state's 27 congressional districts.