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Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n

Docket No.: 13-1314
Argued: March 2, 2015
Decided: June 29, 2015

Topics:

Article I, EPA, Eighteenth Amendment, Federalism, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Guarantee Clause, Reapportionment, Seventeenth Amendment, Sherman Act, Tenth Amendment, Voting Rights Act of 1965, murder, separation of powers

PartyNames: Arizona State Legislature, Appellant v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.
Petitioner: Arizona State Legislature, Appellant
Respondent: Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.

Court Below: United States District Court for the District of Arizona
Citation: 997 F.Supp.2d 1047
Supreme Court Docket

Arizona State Legislature, Appellant
v.
Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.
Consideration Limited:

LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS: 1) DO THE ELECTIONS CLAUSE OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND 2 U.S.C. $2a(c) PERMIT ARIZONA'S USE OF A COMMISSION TO ADOPT CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS? 2) DOES THE ARIZONA LEGISLATURE HAVE STANDING TO BRING THIS SUIT? JURISDICTION NOTED 10/2/2014

Question Presented:

In a provision added by citizen initiative, the Arizona Constitution removes all authority to prescribe legislative and congressional redistricting from the Arizona State Legislature and places it in an unelected commission. The Legislature challenges this provision as to congressional redistricting as a violation of Article I, section 4, the Elections Clause of the United States Constitution. In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel of the District Court for the District of Arizona ruled that removing the Legislature did not violate the Elections Clause. The question presented is: Does the provision of the Arizona Constitution that divests the Arizona Legislature of any authority to prescribe congressional district lines violate the Elections Clause of the United States Constitution, which requires that the time, place, and manner of congressional elections be prescribed in each state by the "Legislature thereof"?

Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n
ORAL ARGUMENT

March 2, 2015

Listen to Oral Argument in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Comm'n
Holding: AFFIRMED
Vote: 5-4
Majority: Ginsburg, Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan
Dissenting: Roberts,Scalia,Thomas,Alito
Opinion By:
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