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Redistricting commission sues legislation as “last resort”

Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meeting
Carlos Osorio
Associated Press
Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission meeting

Michigan’s redistricting commission is suing the state legislature for a little over 3-million-dollars in funding

The state constitution requires lawmakers to provide “adequate funding” to defend Michigan’s legislative district maps against lawsuits. There are currently two.

But the commission has been without a budget to pay its lawyers since October 1st.

Executive director Edward Woods says the lawsuit is a last resort.

“This is not something we were looking to do but we have been requesting funds since May 13th and as [of] today, we haven’t received one dime for Fiscal Year 23 even though we have legal bills.”

State lawmakers didn’t reach a deal on reauthorizing the commission’s leftover money from the previous budget before they adjourned last week.

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