June 02, 2022

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Statement on Florida Supreme Court’s Failure to Act on Congressional Redistricting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) released the following statement on the Florida Supreme Court declining to hear an appeal on Ron DeSantis’ congressional map.

“The Florida Supreme Court’s refusal to act on Ron DeSantis’ unlawful and unconstitutional congressional map is disappointing and will disenfranchise thousands of Black voters across the State of Florida.  

“The justices in the majority ducked their constitutional responsibility, relying on a ridiculous procedural argument to obtain the result they wanted, instead of addressing the merits of the case. I commend Justice Labarga for correctly calling out his colleagues for neglecting the duties entrusted to them by the people of Florida.

“Today’s decision is indeed disheartening. The fact that Ron DeSantis appointed three of the four justices who rubberstamped his map made this outcome predictable. 

“This shameful decision by the Florida Supreme Court is further indication that our judiciary has become overly political and is no longer an independent branch of government as our founders intended.”