Florida's unconstitutional redistricting amendments are poorly worded foolishness that were guaranteed to cause an impossible task for any legislative redistricting plan.
As our population grew and the mixture of the different party affiliations in different areas of our state changed, it would be impossible not to negatively affect one group or the other.
That would ensure that the group that felt harmed would head to court to make things right and waste taxpayer money doing it. This boondoggle could cost millions.
The Florida amendments are almost certainly at odds with the U.S. Constitution that in Article 1-Section 2 requires a census and redistricting every 10 years.
And Section 4 requires that "the times and places and manner of elections of Senators and Representatives shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof ..." That is to say it is not the people of those states, nor can any state Constitution override or deny any power granted by the U.S. Constitution.
This was settled by the U.S. Supreme Court, which, in a case where Congress tried to grant a right to line-item vetoes to the president, it overturned Congress claiming they could not secede rights granted in the Constitution.
Put simply, only the Florida Legislature must establish congressional districts in Florida and that can not be abridged by an unconstitutional Florida amendment that is no better than our embarrassing "pig" amendment and just as stupid. "Elections have consequences."
David R. Kraner