A federal court has tossed out a challenge to Michigan’s redistricting plans for the state Legislature. An order last week from a three-judge panel says the legal opposition to the new districts was “too factually underdeveloped” to proceed. The new boundaries are based on Census counts and begin with this year’s elections. Civil rights groups and Democrats sued late last year to challenge new boundaries for Detroit seats in the state House.
Opponents said the map forces black incumbents to run against each other and dilutes the political representation of Hispanics. Melvin Hollowell, an attorney for the NAACP and others who sued in the case, said Monday possible next steps are under review. Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger said the ruling affirms the Legislature drew fair and legal maps.