TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The legal bills facing Kansas from a federal lawsuit over political redistricting may not be as big as state officials initially feared.
Three federal judges have moved to limit the amount of legal expenses that parties who sued the state can have covered by taxpayers. Nineteen plaintiffs are asking to have nearly $700,000 in legal bills covered.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt and Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday they're pleased by the judges' order this week limiting what can be covered by the state, although the final amount will be set later.
The judges drew new congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts last month after the Legislature failed to do so. The districts must be redrawn every 10 years to account for population changes.