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Echoing the theme of a lawsuit filed last week in federal court by two Pensacola Republican Party officials, several lawmakers used their opening day speeches to accuse the court of violating the legislature’s First Amendment rights by requiring it to justify its map-drawing decisions in an open and transparent way.
“We are under direction by a court that continues, over and over again, to exceed their constitutional authority,” said Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Trinity, after the House adjourned. “When one branch goes deep into other areas, the people lose. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
State Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, accused the court of inhibiting free speech when it ordered that all map-making decisions be made in the open. Lee said that violated his right to speak freely with colleagues, the House and even constituents about the maps.
“Who are they?” Lee asked of the court. “This has gotten out of hand. To me this is just a big overreach by the court.”Oh this is going to go well.