TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The state's redistricting discussions shift this week from the Florida Capitol to a pair of courtrooms in Tallahassee.
On Wednesday, Circuit Judge Terry Lewis will begin a hearing on challenges to the Republican-led Legislature's redistricting map for Florida's 27 congressional seats.
Lewis was scheduled to begin the hearing Monday, but he postponed it.
On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments on lawmakers' second attempt to draw state Senate districts. The justices have approved a 120-seat House map, but they rejected lawmakers' initial plan for the 40-district Senate.
In both cases, Democrats and a coalition of three groups that backed new anti-gerrymandering standards contend lawmakers violated those requirements.
The Fair Districts standards include a ban on intentionally drawing districts to favor incumbents and political parties.