Florida Supreme Court takes up legal challenge to the state's congressional districts

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — The Florida Supreme Court is taking up a legal challenge to the state's congressional districts.

The high court will hear arguments Wednesday in a long-running legal battle over whether the Florida Legislature followed voter-approved standards for drawing the boundaries for the state's 27 congressional seats.

A circuit court judge ruled last summer there was enough evidence to show that Republican consultants helped make a "mockery" of the process and ruled that two districts were invalid.

Legislators in August drew new maps. Because elections were already underway, the new map does not taken effect until 2016.

A coalition of groups contends the new districts violate a 2010 constitutional amendment. Those standards say legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party, a practice known as "gerrymandering."

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