Topeka — Two Kansas Democrats want the state's Republican attorney general to stay out of a federal court case over political redistricting.
The matter is in federal court because Kansas lawmakers ended their session Sunday without drawing new maps for the state House and Senate, Board of Education and the four U.S. House districts.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he wants to weigh in on attempts by lawyers to collect legal fees from the state.
But Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis said Wednesday the case should proceed under the same rules governing past lawsuits. The Lawrence Democrat notes that then-Attorney General Carla Stovall was not allowed to participate in a redistricting lawsuit 10 years ago.
Davis is joined in his objection by former state Rep. Bill Roy Jr., of Lenexa.