Senate given Friday deadline for redistricting response

News Jax | News JAX | 08/26/2015

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday gave the state Senate until the end of the week to respond to move by the House that would allow a circuit judge to consider proposed congressional redistricting plans from both legislative chambers and other parties in a long-running lawsuit.

The Supreme Court requested that the Senate respond by noon Friday, according to an online docket.

The House filed a document Monday asking that a Leon County circuit judge be able to consider the redistricting plans.

The House made the move after a special legislative session collapsed last week without lawmakers agreeing on a redistricting plan.

The special session was called after the Supreme Court last month found that current congressional districts violated the anti-gerrymandering "Fair Districts" standards.

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