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Nan H Rich

Senate leaders met in secret to discuss maps, records show

Senate leaders met in secret to discuss maps, records show

TALLAHASSEE — Senate leaders crafting new districts for the chamber in 2012 held secret meetings to discuss maps with lawmakers before the maps were made public, while at the same time boasting about "the most open and transparent redistricting process in Florida's history," according to court documents. Depositions and other evidence in a lawsuit about the Senate districts were released this week, at the same time that lawmakers are holding a special session to redraw congressional lines that were struck down as unconstitutional gerrymanders by the Florida Supreme Court. The Senate has essentially admitted that its districts also violate the Fair Districts standards...

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