Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Attorneys for Kansas officials, business leaders and voters are heading to federal court for the trial of a lawsuit over the Legislature's failure to redraw the state's political boundaries.
Three federal judges must adjust congressional, state House, state Senate and State Board of Education districts to account for population changes over the past decade.
The judges hope the trial in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., wraps up in two days. The lawsuit was filed earlier this month by Robyn Renee Essex, a Republican precinct committee member from Olathe, against Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the state's chief elections official.
However, the judges are allowing 27 other individuals to participate, including key figures in the Legislature's impasse. The parties are represented by more than three dozen attorneys.