Attorney General Pam Bondi on Thursday sent the Senate's revised map of state Senate districts to the Florida Supreme Court, starting the clock on the high court's review of the new plan. The revised map was adopted by the Legislature last week, after the court ruled that the original Senate map unconstitutionally was drawn to favor incumbents or political parties.
A spokeswoman for Bondi said the petition was filed six days before the April 11 deadline imposed under the state Constitution. "We filed the petition immediately after we received from the Legislature the backup materials mandated by the Court's March 13 order," spokeswoman Jennifer Meale said. "We are confident that the court will conduct a thorough and careful review of the revised Senate redistricting plan."
The court review will take place under a relatively compressed timetable. The start of the week-long candidate qualifying period is June 4.
In a separate filing, Bondi's office has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to approve the new map. Florida is one of the states in which any changes to voting procedures must be pre-approved by the federal government, a process known as pre-clearance.
-- Steve Bousquet