Supreme Court agrees to expedite briefs in redistricting case
The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to partly expedite the review of the redistricting challenge brought by the League of Women Voters and a coalition of individuals and voter groups this month by giving the parties until June 21 to file their briefs.
The court did not say whether it would also conduct an expedited hearing in the case, thereby interrupting the court's traditional summer break, but it did not deny the request for the fast-track hearing either.
The League and several other plaintiffs are asking the court to review a precedent-setting appellate court decision issued last month that allows legislators to be shielded from discovering proceedings in a redistricting challenge.
Lawyers for the House and Senate successfully argued before the First District Court of Appeals that legislators and their staff enjoy blanket immunity from being forced to turn over their work papers or testify regarding redistricting.