- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A group including a Pensacola state legislator and the chairman of the Alachua County Republican Party want to drop their legal challenge to two amendments passed by voters.

Rep. Mike Hill and Stafford Jones were part of a group that filed a federal lawsuit in August. The lawsuit contended the “Fair Districts” amendments violate the U.S. constitution, including the First Amendment.

“Fair Districts” prohibits legislators from drawing legislative and congressional districts that benefit an incumbent or a member of a political party. Florida courts have ruled that legislators violated these amendments and drew up districts designed to benefit Republicans.

The lawsuit maintained the rulings have blocked the ability of citizens to discuss redistricting with legislators, including privately.

Court records show the group asked to drop the case last week. The attorney representing the group did not respond to an email asking about the motion.

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