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Brewer signs bill with Ariz. redistricting funding

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona’s redistricting commission is getting more money so it can keep going while its new congressional and legislative district maps await federal approval and possible legal challenges.

Gov. Jan Brewer’s signing Tuesday of a bill approved by legislators means the commission will receive a supplemental appropriation of $700,000.

The commission says unanticipated legal expenses left it virtually broke with three months left in the current fiscal year.

The commission requested $1.1 million to pay employees and attorney bills and provide a cushion in case it needs to defend or change the maps.

However, Executive Director Ray Bladine  has said the approved $700,000 is enough to avert a possible lawsuit for funding.

The unanticipated expenses included an open meeting law investigation and Brewer’s unsuccessful attempt to remove the commission’s chair.

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