Fla. justices reviewing 2 redistricting amendments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a pair of citizen initiatives designed to prevent gerrymandering of legislative and congressional districts.

The justices heard oral argument Thursday to determine if the proposed state constitutional amendments can go on the 2010 ballot.

The Republican-controlled Legislature argued against the amendments. The changes would restrict lawmakers in their next reapportioning, which is scheduled after the 2010 census.

Amendment sponsors were represented by two former legislators, both Democrats: Barry Richard and ex-House Speaker Jon Mills.

The amendments would ban drawing districts to favor a political party or incumbent, or to discriminate against minorities.

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