The Florida Senate offered the court yet another proposal for redistricting South Florida on Wednesday, submitting a configuration that merges pieces of a map approved by the full Senate with one that never got a vote.
The new configuration, chosen by Senate President Andy Gardiner upon the advice Senate attorneys, pieces together two different maps drawn by staff: S9090 (formerly S9078) -- the bulk of which was adopted by the full Senate, and S9080, a configuration that was rejected by three Miami senators and never came to a vote.
Gardiner rejected the configuration for Miami adopted drawn by Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla that was voted upon by the Senate on a 22-18 vote, and instead choose a different version that was drawn by the staff.
Under the plan submitted to Leon County Circuit Court Judge George Reynolds, Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, is drawn into the same district as Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Cutler Bay, likely forcing her to move from her West Kendall home. Sen. Gwen Margolis, D-Coconut Grove, is put into the same district as Diaz de la Portilla, R-Coral Gables.
The map stretches the African-American majority seat in held by Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Lakes, to Broward, including the cities of Cooper City, Davie, and Southwest Ranches. And in Palm Beach County, Democratic Sens. Maria Sachs of Delray Beach, and Joe Abruzzo of Boynton Beach are drawn into the same district. In all other parts of the state, the maps carefully avoids pitting incumbent senators against each other.