It will either be their own map or a map brokered through a compromise with Assembly Democrats, but Senate Republicans said today that they will comply with a federal judge’s order to release proposed congressional maps tomorrow.
A federal judge yesterday in Brooklyn ordered the state Legislature to present their proposals for the state’s 27 congressional districts by tomorrow.
The Republican-led Senate and the Democratic-controlled Assembly may release separate proposals, or one set of maps agreed to by both sides.
Michael Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said, “We may submit a plan” tomorrow, but that talks with the Senate are ongoing.
The lines presented would be reviewed by the new special master, U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann, who may also develop her own set of lines to be reviewed.
Of course, this only deals with the state’s congressional lines.
The Legislature is still working on the final plan for the 213 state legislative districts. Lawmakers were initially hopeful that they would pass the new district lines for the state Legislature and Congress this week, but that remains uncertain.