Fla. Court to Decide if Lawmakers Should Answer Redistricting Questions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida appeals court will decide whether lawmakers are legally protected from answering questions over how they redrew maps of congressional districts.

Lawyers argued on Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal.

Attorneys for a coalition of groups say they need to interview lawmakers and their staffs to shed light on how they drew the boundaries for the state's 27 seats in Congress after the 2010 census. The plaintiffs claim the lines were redrawn to protect incumbents.

Lawyers for the Legislature say its members enjoy a "legislative privilege" that excuses them from having to explain their decision making in court cases.

The court could issue a decision in the next few months.

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