House panel narrows Florida redistricting maps

Published: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 3:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 3:16 p.m.

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House Redistricting Committee has narrowed its choices to one map each for its own chamber and Congress.

The panel reached consensus on the maps Friday. It will meet again next week to consider amendments to and vote on plans for the 120-seat House, 40-seat Senate and Florida's 27 congressional seats.

The full Senate on Tuesday passed maps for itself and Congress.

Leaders in both chambers have agreed to work from the map the other has drawn for itself.

The congressional maps add two new districts because of population gains between 2000 and 2010.

Critics say the Senate's plans violate a pair of anti-gerrymandering amendments voters put in the Florida Constitution in 2010.

Both passed with bi-partisan majorities.

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