“This is extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Richard Pildes, a New York University law school expert on election law. “The governor is essentially using a federal law obligation that binds the states to attempt to avoid enforcing a state law that he apparently would prefer the state had not adopted.” #

While the state House has signed on to the federal lawsuit challenging the amendments at unknown taxpayer expense, Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, who is overseeing redistricting in the Senate, has said he intends to abide by the will of the voters who approved the amendments, at least until a court tells him otherwise. #

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Five state senators and five state House members have been issued subpoenas by a law firm representing the League of Women Voters of Florida and the National Council of La Raza. Both groups have intervened in the case of State of Florida vs. United States of America and Eric H. Holder Jr. Holder is the U.S. attorney general.