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Supreme Court to consider changes to Florida’s congressional districts

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A long-running legal battle over the fate of Florida’s political landscape is going back before the state Supreme Court.

The Florida Supreme Court will hold a Tuesday hearing on what boundaries should be adopted for the state’s 27 congressional districts.

The high court in July threw out Florida’s current districts because they violated the Fair Districts measure adopted by voters. But the House and Senate deadlocked during an August special session over a replacement map.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis has recommended that the Supreme Court adopt a new map suggested by the League of Women Voters of Florida and other groups that sued the Legislature.

The political careers of several members of Congress could come to a halt under the overhaul recommended by Lewis.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 requiring compact political districts that don’t benefit parties or incumbents.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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