House drops challenge to Amendment 6

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The House will not appeal a federal court decision upholding new state standards for drawing congressional districts, a spokeswoman for Speaker Dean Cannon, R-Winter Park, confirmed Friday. The lawsuit, started by Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown, had argued that the state constitution could not tie lawmakers’ authority under the U.S. Constitution to redraw congressional seats. A federal judge in Miami and a three-judge panel in Atlanta had both rejected that theory. The anti-gerrymandering Amendment 6 was adopted by voters in a November 2010 referendum; the map drawn by the Legislature earlier this year is being challenged under the standards in state court.

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