With redistricting in a ditch, court set to plot exit strategy

John Kennedy | Palm Beach Post | 08/24/2015

With Florida lawmakers deadlocked over redrawing congressional districts, it will be up to a Leon County judge Tuesday to decide the next move in the state’s bitter redistricting battle.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis, who last year invalidated the Republican-led Legislature’s first attempt at drawing boundaries, has scheduled a 3 p.m. hearing with attorneys for the Legislature and voters’ groups which have challenged the map.

A 12-day special session ended Friday with the House and Senate at odds over how to cast district lines. After Lewis ordered changes last year, lawmakers approved a new map that also was thrown out last month by the Florida Supreme Court.

Now, it’s possible Lewis, or more likely the Supreme Court, will take on the task of crafting boundaries for the state’s 27 congressional districts. Lewis is expected to set the course tomorrow.

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