Joint Statement: Florida Senate President Wilton Simpson, House Speaker Chris Sprowls on 2022 Redistricting
As the Governor vetoed CS/SB 102, passed during the regular session, Senate President Wilton Simpson announced Senators should plan to return to Tallahassee from April 19-22, 2022 for a special session for the purpose of establishing congressional districts for the state.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (March 29, 2022) -- Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) and Senate President Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) issued the following joint statement regarding redistricting:
“Notwithstanding the delayed census, during the 2022 Regular Session, Florida’s Legislature passed new House and Senate maps with strong bipartisan support. For the first time in nearly a century, the Legislature’s maps were not challenged by a single party, and earlier this month were declared valid by the Florida Supreme Court.
“Unlike state legislative maps, the congressional map requires approval by the Governor, and Governor DeSantis has vetoed the legislation we passed earlier this month. Our goal is for Florida to have a new congressional map passed by the Legislature, signed by the Governor, and upheld by the court if challenged. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to exhaust every effort in pursuit of a legislative solution. We look forward to working with our colleagues and Governor DeSantis during the upcoming special session on a congressional map that will earn the support of the Legislature and the Governor and fulfill our constitutional obligation for the 2022 redistricting process."