Fresh off a bruising 60-day session that ended Friday, the Florida Senate will remain in the spotlight this week when legislators travel back to the capital city Wednesday for a special session to redraw the court-rejected Senate map.
It will be a one-sided exercise, as the House leadership has decided to continue its "gentlemen's agreement" and allow the Senate to redraw its own lines. During the first redistricting round earlier this year, each chamber also drew its own maps but the court upheld only the House plan.
Both chambers, however, will return to Tallahassee Wednesday to convene their two-week session beginning at 1 p.m. House members will press a green button to indicate their attendance and then most of them will turn around and head home until ordered to come back to vote on the Senate map.
After the brief session convenes, the House and Senate redistricting committees are scheduled to meet Wednesday afternoon for two hours each, to get updates on the March 9 Florida Supreme Court ruling. The court voted 5-2 to reject the Senate map, specifically invalidating eight proposed districts for violating the new anti-gerrymandering rules, while it upheld the House map in its entirety 7-0.