DeSantis backed a new congressional map in Florida — the state Supreme Court is considering its fate

The Florida Supreme Court will consider a challenge to the state’s congressional map, which was championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) in 2022.

Activists argue the map violates the state constitution by not including a former black-majority district, which spanned much of the northern part of the state, in violation of the Fair Districts Amendment.

The court has given activists bringing the challenge until Feb. 28 to file their initial brief in the case. Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd will have 30 days after the brief is submitted to file a response.

The current map gives Republicans a 20-8 advantage in the congressional delegation. It was implemented after DeSantis pushed for the state legislature to pass a bill that did not include the previous black-majority district, which existed in the map in place prior to the
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