New map for Congress goes before Florida judge

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A Florida judge is going to review a new congressional map approved by the state Legislature.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the map approved last week by legislators is constitutional. Lewis earlier this summer ruled that congressional districts drawn up in 2012 were illegal because they were drawn to benefit Republicans.

The Legislature passed a new map that alters seven out of 27 congressional districts. But the groups that challenged the current districts maintain the revised version is still “brazenly partisan.”

Voters in 2010 passed the “Fair Districts” amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party, a practice known as gerrymandering.

Republican legislative leaders maintain the new map is constitutional.