Are Georgia lawmakers headed for a special session soon? That will depend on the outcome of a hearing that got underway Tuesday and could lead to an overhaul of the state’s political map at the state and Congressional level. The trial comes on the heels of a federal court ruling that struck down Alabama’s new congressional map –with a judges’ opinion that the state “did not even nurture the ambition of complying with court orders.”

The three-judge panel wrote in that ruling that it is “deeply troubled” the state (Alabama) would pass a map it “readily admits does not provide the remedy we said federal law requires.” After the Supreme Court found Alabama’s map violated the Voting Rights Act, a federal court imposed a July 21 deadline for the state legislature to redraw the maps to include a second district with a black voter majority, or close to it. 

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