On September 9, a U.S. District Court upheld Florida’s law, passed by the voters in November 2010, that congressional redistricting must not favor or disfavor any particular party. Here is the 22-page opinion. The case is Diaz-Balart v Browning, southern district, 10-23968-civ-Ungaro.
The case had been filed by a Republican member and a Democratic member of the U.S. House. They had argued that Article One of the U.S. Constitution requires that only state legislatures can pass election laws for Congress. The opinion points out that the Florida initiative, amendment 6, does not take redistricting power away from the legislature. It merely sets conditions on how the legislature must carry out redistricting. The plaintiffs say they will appeal.