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Florida legislators have returned to the state Capitol with a simple goal.
And that's redraw the state's 27 congressional districts with as few changes as possible.
The nine-day special session that kicks off today is being sparked by a judge's ruling that found two districts were drawn illegally to benefit Republicans.
Instead of appealing the ruling, GOP legislative leaders have decided to adopt a new congressional map that calls for changes to just a handful of districts.
Senate President Don Gaetz said Wednesday that legislators want to "minimize any unintended chaos" to other congressional districts.
Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith said it's clear that GOP leaders are willing to draw a new map to avoid the chance that other districts could be declared unconstitutional if a court fight lingered on.