Florida state House adds 7 draft maps to redistricting fray

The state House in Florida put forward its proposals for new congressional districts on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel reported, another step in what is expected to be a drawn-out and contentious redistricting battle.

A Florida state House committee released a series of seven sample maps, and the state Senate released its own draft version last week.

Most of the House proposals would create a new district in the Orlando area that could be winnable for a Hispanic Democrat. The maps also would have the likely effect of pitting numerous incumbents against one another.

Sorting through the various proposals is expected to carry on well into 2012, and will likely involve court intervention.