Terry Lewis

League of Women Voters attorney David King arguing at Wednesday's hearing.  The League vows to continue its fight.
Nick Evans

The League of Women Voters is not impressed with the revised congressional map passed by the Florida Legislature just over a week ago.  The voting rights group argued against the changes Wednesday in court. 

League attorney David King says the Legislature’s redistricting effort did as little as possible to address the court’s order to fix the so-called “appendages” and the compactness of Districts 5 and 10 – something the judge says indicated an intent to favor the incumbent.  King says the Legislature didn’t do enough, especially in District 5.

The lawmakers who re-drew Florida’s Senate districts last year will now have to testify in court, after a circuit judge ruled a lawsuit could continue on Thursday.  The Florida Legislature wanted the judge to toss out the challenge, which alleges the maps were drawn to favor Republicans.

Last year was the first time the state got new districts since voters passed what are called the FairDistricts Amendments in 2010. They forbid lawmakers from intending to favor one political party over another.