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State Supreme Court denies request for rehearing of redistricting decision

The state Supreme Court has denied the request by challengers of the 2011 voting maps for a rehearing of the Court’s December opinion upholding, for a second time, those maps as constitutional.

The ruling puts the state court challenge back on a U.S. Supreme Court trajectory — with a petition for review likely to be filed there soon.

A separate federal challenge to Congressional Districts 1 and 12 is already before the high court on the state’s request for an emergency stay of a three-judge’s ruling last Friday invalidating Congressional Districts 1 and 12 as unconstitutionally drawn and requiring lawmakers to draw up a new congressional plan by February 19.

A third action is also pending in federal court, challenging state legislative districts, and is set for trial in April.

The court’s order is below.

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