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Oct 23, 5:14 PM EDT

Fla. Supreme Court to decide fate of new districts


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's highest court is going to fast-track a challenge to the state's current congressional map.

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday decided by a 5-2 margin to hear a case brought by a coalition of groups who contend that the current map for Congress is illegal.

The high court will hold arguments on the case in March.

A Florida judge approved a new congressional map in August. The new map alters seven of the state's existing 27 districts, but the changes will not take effect until after this year's elections.

Voters in 2010 passed an amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party. A circuit judge in July ruled that two districts were invalid so legislators changed them during a special session.

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