Justices order Pennsylvania redistricting lawsuit to proceed

A map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts following the 2012 redistricting.
A map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts.

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s highest court says a state-level challenge to how congressional districts were drawn by Republicans six years ago will proceed on a compressed schedule.

The Supreme Court issued a 4-to-3 decision Thursday that overturned a lower-court judge’s ruling that had put the case on hold.

The order says the case is a matter of “immediate public importance” and gave Commonwealth Court until Dec. 31 to issue findings of fact and legal conclusions.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs, which include people who live in the districts and the state’s League of Women Voters, says they’re thrilled the case is moving ahead.

Senate President Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai, the top Republicans in the Legislature, sought the delay, arguing a pending U.S. Supreme Court case should be resolved first.

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