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State senate approves new congressional redistricting

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Florida Representatives listen during a legislative session, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Meeting in special session on Wednesday the Florida State Senate approved the congressional redistricting map drawn up by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

It was approved 24-15 along party lines.

Critics claim the elimination of Congressional District 5 between Tallahassee and Jacksonville as well as the new boundaries drawn for District 11 near Orlando will dilute the amount of Black voting power in the state.

DeSantis and his supporters says the new map is “race neutral” while Democrat state senator Shevrin Jones of West Park in Broward County, decried the map as ‘racist.’

Florida will also pick up a 28th seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Also being considered in the special session is the elimination of Disney’s autonomous Reedy Creek Improvement District.

The Legislature is also planning to set aside up to $1 million for legal expenses in case either matter winds up in court.