Florida Officials and Consultants Withdraw their Request for a Stay from U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting Discovery Dispute

On May 30, the Florida officials and consultants who had asked the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay in League of Women Voters of Florida v State withdrew their request. The Florida Supreme Court had ruled that internal communications between legislators and consultants should be made available in the state court lawsuit over congressional redistricting. Those legislators and consultants had then asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse that, but now they have given that up. See this story.

The Florida Constitution says the legislature should draw U.S. House districts but must do so in a way that doesn’t advantage or disadvantage any political party. The problem with this provision is that it is very tough to enforce, which is why internal communications are useful in deciding how the process really worked.

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