Lawsuit Over Legislative Boundaries Advances

10/22/11 – Both sides have been told to mind their manners as a lawsuit over redistricting moves forward. A telephone hearing in the case will be held next Monday. A three-judge panel ruled yesterday a lawsuit over the new boundaries can continue. Two former Democratic lawmakers, and some other citizens, had sued the state in federal court over the maps. They argued in part that the new boundaries were unconstitutional because 300 thousand people would be prevented from voting for a state senator in November 2012 because they had been shifted into new districts. The plaintiffs had actually sued the state before Republicans had revealed where the new boundaries would be.