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Florida judge orders Legislature to hold special session to adopt new congressional districts

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida — A Florida judge is ordering legislators to hold a special session to draw up a new congressional map for the state.

Circuit Judge Terry Lewis on Friday ruled that the Florida Legislature must draw up new congressional districts by Aug. 15. Lewis said that he will then order a special election later this year for those new districts.

Legislative leaders had wanted to keep in place the state's current districts until after the 2014 elections. Lewis has already previously ruled the current districts are illegal because they were drawn to benefit the Republican Party.

Voters in 2010 passed the "Fair Districts" amendment that says legislators cannot draw up districts to favor incumbents or a political party.

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