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By GARY FINEOUT
The Florida Supreme Court, in a sharp rebuke to the Republican-controlled Legislature, refused Thursday to throw out a lawsuit that contends legislators ignored new standards while drawing up legislative districts.
The Legislature wanted the state’s high court to block a challenge to last year’s new map for state Senate districts.
But the court – by a 5-2 vote – ruled that blocking the lawsuit would go against the will of voters who adopted two constitutional amendments that imposed new rules for redistricting.