Fla. Supreme Court won't stop legal challenge

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:37 p.m.

TALLAHASSSEE, Fla. — The Florida Supreme Court is refusing to throw out a lawsuit that contends that state legislators ignored new standards while drawing up legislative districts.

The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature wanted the state high court to block a challenge to last year's new map for state Senate districts.

But a divided high court ruled Thursday that blocking the lawsuit would "undermine" the will of voters who adopted new standards for redistricting in 2010. Justices split 5-2 on the decision.

The Supreme Court last year initially rejected the Senate map — but then approved a revised version during a 30-day review period.

Legislative lawyers argued that the court's approval precluded any future lawsuits.

But Thursday's ruling states that the initial review was limited and did not include any facts or evidence.

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