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Kansas still faces big bills in redistricting case

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.


Thomas Bryce Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

What a waste of taxpayer money. If they had to pay for their own legal fees, we wouldn't be having this discussion.Sticking the taxpayer for the bill because of their inability to do their jobs is inexcusable. But, this is what we have come to expect from our lawmakers here in Kansas.Way to go Brownback administration.

Larry Sturm 5 years, 7 months ago

Taxpayers should not have to pay these legal fees that the state should have done.

Ken Lassman 5 years, 7 months ago

Take it out f the legislators salaries. Last time I checked if someone does my job, they get my wages, and since the judges had to step in to do the jobs of the legislature, the legislature should pay up.

But next time around, let's let the judges do the redistricting from the start. Their ability to not be swayed by legislators who are busy protecting their turf is exactly what Kansans need every 10 years.

Mike Caddell 5 years, 7 months ago

Add that to the $660,000 in lawyers fees defending the unconstitutional and draconian 2011 anti-abortion clinic regulations, and of course former AG Phill Kline's revolving door of lawyers to defend his law license after his witch hunts. Then Our Dear Leader Gov. Brownback experiments with Art Laffer's "voodoo economics" (according to Bush #41). Laffer's bill, $75,000 for a lay over in the flyover zone before he leaves to Tennessee. Art declares Sam a genius declares victory for trickle down economics and a "revolution in a cornfield" leaves.

Also that guy from Florida, hired to run SRS out of service and into the hands of some corporations, the bill for reprinting business cards, stationary etc. well who knows yet?

And then the little matter of sending off $31 million in federal funds for the health insurance exchange program. A million dollars or more of fed matching funds for the arts .... am I missing anything here.

Oh yeah, over 60 Kansas counties declared drought disasters, more on the way, and all those Kansas livestock feed growers, who loudly hate that n**** socialist in the White House are standing line with their hands out for cheap federal loans and crop insurance checks. No man made climate change here, just good old fashioned "free market" speculation.

It's getting dumb and dumber among the conservatives in Kansas.

Mike1949 5 years, 7 months ago

We'll be insolvent in 5 years anyway, how much more damage can the Republicans do? My home state is just a joke anymore, a bad one at that!

Paul R Getto 5 years, 7 months ago

The Governor IS creating jobs...for attorneys cleaning up the messes he leaves behind.

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