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Gerrymandering lawsuit appealed to the Supreme Court

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Republican lawmakers have filed an appeal to the United State Supreme Court in a lawsuit that accuses them of unconstitutional gerrymandering.

Last week a federal court said that the Legislature and governor must agree on new political district lines for Congressional and state elections by August.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he’s in the initial stages of carrying out the order.

“We will proceed to follow the ruling that the District Court issued last week. That’s going to take us weeks to put together and we’ll wait to see what happens with the Supreme Court.”

The current district lines were drawn by a Republican majority Legislature and approved by a Republican governor. The court said those boundaries unfairly favor Republican candidates.