jim_roach.jpegTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Republican-controlled House has narrowed the number of redistricting maps it's considering to three each for itself and Florida's congressional delegation.

 

Subcommittees approved those choices as well the Senate's single proposal for redistricting itself in separate largely partisan votes Monday.

Most Democrats voted against the maps and some called for public hearings around the state before final roll calls are taken.

Only one member of the public, Democratic congressional candidate Jim Roach of Cape Coral, appeared before the Congressional Redistricting Subcommittee.

Roach said the congressional maps pack high numbers of Democrats into a handful of districts, which would help Republicans retain a majority of Florida's congressional seats.

The GOP holds 19 of Florida's current 25 districts. The state will add two more congressional seats this year due to population growth.