Court grants House request for delay in redistricting hearing

Tampa Bay Times Staff | Tampa Bay Times | 10/16/2015

The Florida Supreme Court has granted a request for a delay in the oral arguments for the congressional redistricting map, postponing the hearing originally set for Monday, Nov. 2 to Tuesday, Nov. 10.

The Florida House of Representatives requested the delay, suggesting that it "would suffer extreme, manifest hardship" if its lawyers were forced to appear in court when they could be advising the House and Senate on the three-week redistricting session that ends Nov. 6.

The House has spent $4.3 million on legal fees relating to redistricting to date. The Senate has spent $5.3 million but it's lawyers did not join in the request for delay.

"The active participation of the House's legal counsel at that committee meeting is essential to an informed evaluation of any such plans or amendments,'' the House lawyers wrote in the request filed on Thursday.

"...The House would suffer extreme, manifest hardship if its counsel were unable to participate in the committee meeting, or if members of the committee who have made arrangements in reliance on the published schedule were required to rearrange their schedules, including their travel to and from Tallahassee."

The court agreed to give them another week and a day, adding in all caps: "NO CONTINUANCES WILL BE GRANTED EXCEPT UPON A SHOWING OF EXTREME HARDSHIP."

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