Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
December 9, 2011

The California Supreme Court expects to rule “as early as the end of January” on which state Senate districts would apply to next year’s state elections if a referendum challenging newly drawn maps qualifies for the November ballot.

The high court released an expedited briefing schedule today in response to a petition by Fairness and Accountability in Redistricting, a Republican-backed group pushing to kill the Senate maps drawn by the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

The group, known as FAIR, has submitted more than 700,000 signatures to the state. If 504,760 of those signatures are from valid voters, the group’s referendum will qualify for the November ballot.

To prepare for that possibility, the state Supreme Court must decide which state Senate districts would be used in next primary and general elections while a statewide vote on the referendum is pending.

Justices told both parties to submit arguments this month in preparation for oral arguments in early January.

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