The Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday over redistricting maps the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has drawn for itself, less than two weeks before the March 9 deadline for the justices to rule.
The bill hasn’t even been signed by Governor Rick Scott yet, but lawsuits have already been filed over the legislature’s once-a-decade redistricting maps.
For the second time, a federal court has rejected efforts by US Representative Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami to toss out amendments to the Florida Constitution that changed the way the state redraws maps of state and federal legislative districts.
Florida lawmakers will meet next week to decide whether to change the date of the August primary election again.
After the 2010 census, the state of Florida was in line to gain two new Congressional districts. Monday, the Florida Senate finally released proposed districts starting next year.
U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro rejected a challenged to Florida’s redistricting constitutional amendments passed in 2010.