Federal District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro wasted no time Friday upholding the constitutional amendment approved by voters and threw out the challenge by U.S. Reps. Corrine Brown and Mario Diaz Balart.
Brown and Diaz Balart said they will keep fighting, taking the measure to the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary. They released the following statement:
“Today’s ruling was disappointing, but as many of you know this is a long process and we will continue to stand firm and fight for the Constitution. We took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and that is precisely why we are here today. We strongly believe the Amendment is unconstitutional and could cause irreparable damage to the federal electoral process and thwart the drawing of districts where minorities have the opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.”
Here's more from AP: A federal judge on Friday upheld a Florida constitutional amendment imposing new rules restricting how congressional districts are drawn, rejecting a lawsuit by two members of Congress and the state House of Representatives claiming it violates the U.S. Constitution.
Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Democrat Corrine Brown, the two U.S. House members, argued that under the U.S. Constitution only the Florida Legislature - not voters through a referendum - can control how congressional districts are designed. State committees are currently meeting to begin that once-in-a-decade process, which will come together in a January legislative session. More here.