Judge Terry Lewis
The Florida Supreme Court should order a third draft of the state’s congressional districts to fully eliminate illegal gerrymandering, attorneys for groups that have challenged the map argued Wednesday.
The Florida Legislature is sharply defending a new Congressional map it drew up during an August special session.
Amid the congressional redistricting lawsuit and its possible effect on elections, there is a similar fight over the state Senate’s map.
A Leon County judge upheld a second draft of the state’s congressional districts in a decision issued Friday, but shelved the new map until after the November elections.
Lawmakers did everything they were required to do in response to a Leon County judge’s decision last month to strike down two congressional districts, attorneys for the Legislature told the judge Wednesday in the latest round in a long-running legal fight about the state’s political lines.
After hearing three hours of testimony and arguments Wednesday, Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is weighing whether to accept a new version of congressional districts approved by the Legislature during a special session earlier this month.
A coalition issued a sharply-worded motion Monday which called the recently redrawn Florida congressional “brazenly partisan” and claimed it would not fix the problems that prompted a judge to declare the original map unconstitutional in the first place.
Florida Legislators kicked off a special session Thursday byproposing tweaks to seven of the 27 congressional districts to comply with a judge’s ruling.
Florida legislators will return to Tallahassee to adopt a new congressional map.
A Florida judge has ordered legislators to draw up a new congressional map after the state’s current districts were ruled to be illegal.