Fla. legislative committees approve new districts

Florida lawmakers are one step closer to approving slight changes to congressional districts

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Florida's Congressional Districts approved by the Legislature on Feb. 16, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla - Florida lawmakers are one step closer to approving a proposal that would make slight changes to seven congressional districts to comply with a court order.

House and Senate committees approved Friday the new map altering the districts, which stretch from central to northeast Florida.

The full Legislature is expected to vote on the maps next week.

Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis ruled recently the original maps passed by legislators in 2012 were intended to benefit Republicans, in violation of a measure passed by voters in 2010.

Lewis has given lawmakers until next Friday to adopt new districts. He will hold a hearing Aug. 20 to decide whether to hold a special election after November's general election.

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