Florida legislature passes congressional maps despite Gov. DeSantis veto threat

Even following Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, threatening to veto congressional maps if they came across his desk, the GOP-controlled Florida State Legislature passed them on Friday anyway.

The state’s House of Representatives voted 67-47 to approve the congressional district maps as the state senate passed them by a vote of 24-15.

Just ahead of the vote, DeSantis warned that the bill would be dead if it hit his desk. “I will veto the congressional reapportionment plan currently being debated by the House DOA,” he tweeted. The redistricting maps will need to be approved by June, and in order to override a veto from the governor, the state House will need to collect 80 votes and the state Senate will need to garner 26. 

Still, the states Republicans who hold office in Florida occupy fewer seats than votes that are needed in both chambers, which will likely hinder their abilities to override the veto, according to the Tampa Bay Times. If DeSantis goes through with the veto, he could also require lawmakers to return for a special session to create new maps once again. 

The Tampa Bay Times also reported that if the veto is not overridden and DeSantis does not require a special legislative session, the two branches would be able to petition a court to draw up the maps for them.

The maps that were passed by the House and Senate include one that would allegedly lower the Black voting strength in the northern part of the state and another that partitions black voters in Orlando. Democrats have spoken out in depth about the congressional maps, arguing that they are gerrymandering and unconstitutional under state law.

DeSantis in January had proposed a congressional map establishing 18 seats that would have voted for former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.




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