Fla. Legislature asks judge to delay redrawing congressional districts

Judge ruled current map unconstitutional

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Lawyers for the Florida Legislature and the state's election supervisors are asking a judge to delay any changes to the state's congressional districts until after the November elections.

Judge Terry Lewis held a hearing Thursday to consider what steps to take now that he has ruled that the current map is unconstitutional.

Republican legislative leaders announced this week that they do not plan to appeal the ruling.

Lewis conceded that he had not considered the potential impact on the 2014 elections because he had assumed that someone would appeal his landmark ruling.

David King, an attorney representing the groups that sued the Legislature, argued to Lewis there is still time to redraw the state's congressional districts this year.

Lewis agreed to hold another hearing to discuss the issue next week.

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