Legislators will not appeal adverse gerrymandering ruling

House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz reported to local Historic City News reporters today that the Florida Legislature does not plan to appeal the ruling that struck down the state’s congressional map drawn in 2012.

Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis last week issued the ruling based on the anti-gerrymandering Fair Districts constitutional amendments.

Lewis’ ruling specifically takes aim at the districts represented by Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown; whose district, which winds its way from Jacksonville to Orlando, has been criticized for years as one of the worst examples of gerrymandering in the nation.

Brown’s district has been featured as far back as 1999 as an area of concern for gerrymandering. Also under the microscope is Republican Congressman Daniel Webster.

Weatherford and Gaetz said lawmakers will redraw the districts but want the changes to take effect with the 2016 elections, not the upcoming 2014 elections.

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