Kansas may have to pay over $700,000 in redistricting lawsuit
By Greg Janetka
Topeka, Kansas: As a result of the Kansas State Legislature's failure to draw new congressional, legislative, and Board of Education maps, the state may have to pay more than $700,000 in attorneys' fees and expenses. The lawsuit, filed by a Republican precinct committee member in May, was joined by 26 other plaintiffs. Of those, 20 have requested the state cover their costs as they contend they won.
A three-judge federal panel imposed their own maps on June 7. This was the first time a court redrew the state's maps without an approved legislative plan from which to work.
Earlier this week Attorney General Derek Schmidt's (R) office responded to the requests, saying that since judges used their own maps, it remains unclear who actually won and should have their costs covered. Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) called the requests "excessive," vowing to fight them.