- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Legislature remains deeply divided on the last day of a special session to redraw congressional districts.

Republican leaders on both sides remained at odds over how to change the state’s 27 districts. The Florida Senate voted on Friday to extend the session until next Tuesday but it’s not clear if the House will go along.

Top GOP legislators held a meeting on Friday to discuss their differences but senators walked out on their House counterparts. The two sides are divided on a handful of congressional districts in the Tampa Bay and central Florida region.

If legislators can’t agree on a new map then the job of drawing a new map could fall to the Florida Supreme Court.

The court ruled in July that the current districts don’t meet a voter-approved constitutional amendment that requires districts be compact and not drawn to benefit a political party or incumbents.

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