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Special legislative session kicks off in Capitol


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In what could be a fast-moving process, Florida lawmakers on Thursday began a special session to redraw congressional districts.

The unusual session stems from a ruling last month by Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis that a congressional map approved in 2012 violated requirements of the state Constitution.

The House and Senate met briefly Thursday and were later expected to hold a joint committee meeting to hear presentations from attorneys and to take public input.

House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said a revised map would be released Thursday and that members could propose amendments Friday during a committee meeting.

The full House and Senate are scheduled to meet Monday.

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