TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican leaders of Florida’s Legislature say they will not appeal a ruling that found the state’s map for congressional districts unconstitutional.
But Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a statement Tuesday that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections.
A circuit judge ruled last week that the Legislature illegally drew Florida’s congressional districts to primarily benefit the Republican Party. Judge Terry Lewis ruled that two of the state’s 27 congressional districts were invalid and that the map must be redrawn.
The first affected district runs from Jacksonville to Orlando. U.S. Rep. Corinne Brown, a Democrat, holds the seat. The second is a central Florida district. The seat is held by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster, a Republican.