Chris Dawson, Attorney, GrayRobinson
The Florida Legislature entered the 2022 regular session with two primary objectives: pass a state spending plan for 2022-2023 and redraw the state’s legislative and congressional maps as part of the once-in-a-decade redistricting process. After sixty days of session and some overtime for the record-breaking, $112.1B state budget, Florida lawmakers find themselves with more work to do before they can hit the campaign trail for the 2022 election season. Efforts to redraw the state’s congressional districts hit a roadblock with Governor DeSantis’ veto pen and legislators will return for a special session to try again on congressional maps. Despite this unfinished business, the Legislature had a very productive regular session this year. Let’s take a look at the 2022 regular session “by the numbers” on the following pages.
Redistricting is the process by which new congressional and state legislative district boundaries are drawn. District lines are redrawn every 10 years following completion of the United States Census. Florida was apportioned 28 seats In the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 Census, one more than it received after the 2010 Census. Read more.