The Florida Senate has asked the Florida Supreme Court to deny the House's request to relinquish jurisdiction in order to allow the trial court to mediate their dispute over the congressional map.
In a motion filed Tuesday, the Senate argues that the trial court already has the "authority to modify" the deadlines it originally set and repeated its contention that the Senate "is ready, willing, and able to reconvene in special session to fulfill the Legislature’s obligations to draw new congressional districts."
On Monday, the House asked the court to relinquish jurisdiction of the redistricting case for 60 days and allow Leon County Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis to conduct hearings and decide whether the House or Senate map is best.
The Senate added, however, that if the Supreme Court concludes that it is necessary to extend the trial court's jurisdiction, it should limit it to allowing the court to "recommend approval or disapproval of any remedial plan passed by the Legislature.
"The Florida Senate believes that an initial impasse should not deprive the trial court of jurisdiction to review any plan that the Legislature passes at a later date." Download Senate response
Lewis has scheduled a scheduling hearing on the issue for 3 p.m. today.