Florida’s battle over congressional redistricting looks likely to be played out in the courts — not before state lawmakers — after House Speaker Steve Crisafulli rejected the Senate’s latest bid for another special session.
In a letter sent Tuesday to House members, Crisafulli said chances for reaching agreement with the Senate by a Sept. 25 deadline set by a court fell somewhere between slim and none.
Instead, Crisafulli said the House will argue before a Leon County circuit judge that the map it prepared in August’s failed special session is what should be recommended to the state Supreme Court, which will get a final look at the best way to draw the state’s 27 congressional districts.
Crisafulli’s letter follows Friday’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis should hold a hearing to review maps advanced by the House, Senate and others and pass on a recommendation.
Like Senate President Andy Gardiner, justices also held out the possibility of the Legislture reconvening. But Crisafulli’s letter apparently puts an end to such speculation.