Fla. Hispanic congressional district proposed

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state Senate’s reapportionment proposals include a potential Hispanic district in central Florida.

The Senate on Monday released proposed redistricting plans for the Legislature and Congress.

The state is gaining two new congressional seats due to population growth. They bring Florida’s total to 27 districts.

One new district would be 40 percent Hispanic, mostly due to an influx of Puerto Rican residents in the Orlando area.

That’s good news for Democrats. But the other new district in north-central Florida appears to be solidly Republican.

It includes The Villages, a hotbed of tea party activism.

The maps are designed to protect existing minority representation as required by a pair of new state constitutional amendments.

That includes congressional districts currently represented by three blacks and three Hispanics. The latter are all Cuban-Americans.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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