The Florida Supreme Court is divided over how to proceed with a review of legislative redistricting.
By a narrow 4-3 vote the justices on Tuesday agreed they need to know where incumbent lawmakers live. That's because a new amendment to the Florida Constitution prohibits the Legislature from intentionally favoring incumbents.
Challengers, including Democrats and groups that backed the Fair District amendment, contend the Republican-controlled Legislature violated that ban.
Chief Justice Charles Canady and Justice Ricky Polston argued the justices don't need the addresses because their review should be "extremely limited."
That echoed written arguments submitted by the House, Senate and Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Justice R. Fred Lewis did not explain his reason for dissenting.
The high court has scheduled three hours of oral argument for Feb. 29.