Committee to pay legal fees in redistricting plan

Posted: Friday, August 23, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The state Legislature's Budget and Audit Committee has agreed to pay the remaining legal fees of a law firm that represented the Alaska Redistricting Board, which drafted the new legislative redistricting plan.

The state is expected to release $217,800 to the Anchorage law firm Volland & Taylor within a week. The money is among $2.8 million authorized in the 2002 state capital budget to pay attorneys involved in the case.

The committee decision ends a dispute between the Republican-led Legislature and the Redistricting Board over legal fees around the new legislative districts. The new map puts many sitting legislators -- particularly Republicans -- in districts where they face more difficult re-elections.

Volland & Taylor worked on behalf of the board through the many legal challenges to the map. The firm collected more than $600,000 dollars through February.

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