House Speaker Steve Crisafulli said no Friday to the request from members of the state's congressional delegation to conduct "hearings across our great state" on redistricting before a special session.
Crisafulli hinted, however, that the request for the hearings could be viewed by the court as an attempt by the congressional members to influence the Legislature and make the map vulnerable to interpretations of favoring incumbents, in violation of the Fair Districts provisions of the state Constitution.
"I have asked all of our staff and members to have no contact with congressional members, staff, or consultants during the congressional reapportionment process,'' he said. Senate President Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was not available for comment.
Lawyers for the House and Senate told Tallahassee Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds on Friday that they expect lawmakers to announce the dates of a special session early next week. Early reports are that it will be called for Aug. 10-21.
Also Friday, Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, said that the court ruling had resulted in "a bit of paralysis" on the part of lawmakers.