A judge last week struck Amendment 7 from Florida’s November ballot. Another judge today ruled against supporters of Amendments 5 and 6, the so-called “Fair Districts” amendments, by declining to dismiss a lawsuit filed by U.S. Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart and Corrine Brown. Via the Central Florida Political Pulse:

A Leon County judge Monday denied a motion by state officials to dismiss a lawsuit by two Florida members of Congress seeking to throw out a pair of constitutional amendments intended to guide how the state draws new political boundaries in 2012.

Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford denied the motion by Secretary of State Dawn Roberts and FairDistricts Florida, the political committee which gathered enough petition signatures to get the redistricting measures on the November ballot.

The ruling apparently sets the case for a July 26 hearing before Fulford. But attorneys for Roberts and former Gov. Bob Graham, who has intervened as a defendant in the case, said Monday they will now ask the Florida Supreme Court to hear the challenge.

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