Published: Mar 16, 2012 9:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A judge plans to hear challenges to Florida's new congressional redistricting map on April 16.
Circuit Judge Terry Lewis set the date during a conference with lawyers on Friday. Lewis denied a request by the Republican-controlled Legislature to delay action until after this year's elections.
The judge, though, acknowledged he may not have enough to time to resolve all issues raised by plaintiffs.
Democrats and three groups that backed two new anti-gerrymandering amendments to the Florida Constitution are challenging the map. They contend it violates the Fair Districts congressional amendment in part by favoring incumbents and Republicans.
The Legislature, meanwhile, is in special session to fix constitutional violations in the state Senate map cited by the Florida Supreme Court.
The justices, though, affirmed the state House map.

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