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Redistricting commission: Senate bill “a positive first step”

Michigan Redistricting Commission

Michigan’s redistricting commission says it’s already spent around 430-thousand-dollars since running out of money in October

Over half that money has gone toward consultants, like lawyers to defend the state’s legislative district maps in court.

The commission is currently suing the state Legislature for funding.

Commissioner Steve Lett says they’ve given lawmakers more time to respond to the lawsuit.

“The idea then being once we did that, that our attorneys would talk with their attorneys and say, ‘Look, isn’t there something we can work something out? You won’t have to answer. We can get something done and dismiss the suit or do something with it.’”

The state Senate approved 1.5 million-dollars for the commission this week.

But the group estimates that won’t cover its costs.

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