Kansas Faces Big Bills In Redistricting Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Kansas is facing claims that it should cover more than $669,000 in legal bills from parties in a federal lawsuit over the Legislature's failure to redraw political boundaries.

That's despite an attempt by the judges handling the case to limit the potential tab.

The three judges imposed new lines last month for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts to account for population changes over the past decade. Twenty-seven individuals were allowed to sue over redistricting.

Last month, the judges received requests from 19 of the individuals to have nearly $700,000 in legal bills covered by the state. Last week, the judges issued an order imposing narrower rules for such claims.

But the total from the new filings, due by midnight Wednesday, was only 4 percent smaller than before.

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