House Democrats will vote against redistricting map
House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford, at left, talks at Tuesday's caucus meeting. (Photo: Jim Rosica)

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Following their Senate colleagues, the House Democratic Caucus plans to vote against the proposed Senate district map.

At a Democratic caucus meeting before Tuesday’s session, House Democratic Leader Mark Pafford informally asked the crowd whether any member intended to vote for the map.

No one signaled they would.

The version of the map the Senate passed last week was similarly approved on a close vote of 22-18, with all 14 Democrats and four Republicans opposed.

The map now before House lawmakers has changed again, with an amendment by Redistricting Committee Chairman Jose Oliva that again tweaks lines in South Florida.

The House could debate and vote on that map all on Tuesday and return it to the Senate.

That likely will mean members from each chamber will meet in conference committee in hopes that a final map will be passed out of the Legislature by the time Special Session ends Friday.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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