27 Want To Jump Into Kansas Redistricting Lawsuit

By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Most of the main figures in the Kansas Legislature's rancorous debate over redistricting hope to participate in a federal lawsuit over lawmakers' failure to redraw the state's political boundaries.

The notable exception is Gov. Sam Brownback, who says he hopes and trusts a panel of federal judges handling the case will draw the lines fairly.

Kansas lawmakers adjourned Sunday without drawing new district maps for the state House and Senate, the State Board of Education and the four U.S. House districts.

Twenty-seven individuals filed requests to intervene in the lawsuit in U.S. District Court before the midnight Monday deadline.

Among the latest to file were House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, and three conservative Republican senators who were working on maps for their chamber's 40 districts.

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