Judge: LRC must pay legal fees of challengers

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A judge has ruled that the Legislative Research Commission is responsible for the legal fees of lawmakers who successfully challenged political redistricting in court.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd gave the LRC 30 days to either pay up or appeal his ruling that the agency owes $112,375 for House Republicans who challenged how legislative districts were redrawn and $74,480 to state Sen. Kathy Stein's legal team.

LRC Director Bobby Sherman said he would confer with legislative leaders to determine the next course of action.

The Kentucky Supreme Court found that the maps weren't properly redrawn. Lawmakers are expected to take the issue up again in the next legislative session, which begins in January.

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