Today, the San Antonio court issued yet another order, this time asking both parties to submit briefs to help them draw interim maps. The briefs are due on February 10th with replies due on February 13th.
In the briefs, the parties are instructed to argue interpretation of the Supreme Court instruction to start from legislatively passed maps in areas where there are no suspected violations of the Voting Rights Act, arguments on how to interpret the county line rule, and whether you can simply remove a minority opportunity district if you create a new one elsewhere in the state, among other arguments.
The order once again encourages both parties to work together to find areas of agreement.
For the full order, click here: 020212order