JUNEAU, Alaska: On October 25, the Fairbanks North Star Burrough filed a motion to have itself removed from the consolidated Alaska redistricting lawsuit.
The burrough cited cost overruns as the reason for backing out of the suit. Following the Fairbanks decision, the City of Petersburg has decided to consolidate its position, dropping some of its more tenuous arguments and focusing on the new districts' lack of compactness. The recent DOJ pre-approval made several of the city's claims harder to litigate. Petersburg was split by two legislative districts under the new plan.