The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the redrawing of state legislative and congressional districts in Texas that were deemed racially discriminatory by a lower court.
The high court announced Friday it would hear the Texas redistricting case, Abbott v. Perez. The justices will likely hear oral arguments in April.
A three-judge panel ruled in August that parts of the Texas House district map had to be redrawn ahead of the 2018 midterm elections because lawmakers discriminated against minorities when they drew the districts.
But in September, the Supreme Court blocked the lower court’s ruling from taking effect while they considered whether to take up the case. The court’s four left-leaning justices — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan — would have allowed for the districts to be redrawn.