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.