A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled last week that the 2011 district reapportionment plan for the state’s 14 U. S. House districts, 38 Michigan Senate districts and 110 Michigan House districts is unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders.
The court also ordered that the new map for the Michigan Senate would be used in a special 2020 election for the upper chamber which is not scheduled to stand for election until 2022.
The court called for the Legislature to pass remedial plans by August 1 with the court to evaluate the constitutionality of those maps. If the Legislature and the Governor cannot agree on new district maps by August 1, the court said that it would draw its own remedial maps.
On Monday, Republicans in the state Senate filed their intent to appeal this ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.