Arizona

Oct 20, 2013 3:02 PM by Associated Press

Arizona redistricting panel running out of money

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's redistricting commission is running low on money to pay its lawyers working to fend off Republicans' legal challenges to maps of congressional and legislative districts now in use across the state.

According to the Arizona Capitol Times, the commission's staff says money to pay the commission's lawyers will run out in December.

The commission meets Thursday to consider options that include authorizing a lawsuit against the state for more funding and suspending the commission's legal defense of the maps.

Arizona voters created the commission to take the politically sensitive work of drawing legislative and U.S. House districts out of the hands of legislators and the governor.

The voter-approved law requires funding for the commission, but the appropriation for the current fiscal year was half of the commission's request.

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