Kobach To Speak About Redistricting, Senate Plans Debate

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

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Secretary of State Kris Kobach plans to discuss legal issues surrounding redistricting after a debate in the Kansas Senate on a new plan for redrawing the chamber's 40 districts.

Senators expected to have their discussion Tuesday afternoon on a new map favored by moderate Republicans. Majority Leader Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, expects the plan to pass.

Kobach is the state's chief elections officer but also a former law professor. He planned a Wednesday morning news conference to discuss redistricting and a pending federal lawsuit.

Passage of a new plan by the Senate probably wouldn't break a stalemate with GOP conservatives, who have a majority in the House and have blocked an earlier proposal for Senate redistricting.

The impasse threatens to delay the state's Aug. 7 primary election.

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