Vos releases redistricting contract; $840K cost could rise

January 23, 2019

MADISON A contract released by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos shows that taxpayers are paying $840,000 to defend Republican lawmakers in a redistricting lawsuit, and the figure could go higher.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Vos released the contract Tuesday after initially citing attorney-client privilege last month.

A panel of federal judges ruled in 2016 that the state's Republican-drawn redistricting map was an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and ordered new districts drawn for the 2018 election. But the U.S. Supreme Court put the order on hold in June after finding Democratic voters who were plaintiffs in the case lacked standing to sue.

The court sent the case back to lower court for further proceedings.

Democrats challenging the maps are opposing a request by the GOP-controlled Assembly to delay an April trial.

Vos fears Evers plan to OK medical pot 'slippery slope'

MADISON Republican leaders in the state Assembly aren't happy with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers saying legalizing medical marijuana could start the process for full legalization.

Evers said last week he would probably include a "first step" toward legalizing medical marijuana. He said that will start the process toward full legalization, including a potential statewide referendum.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday that he's open to legalizing medical marijuana but he doesn't want that to "lead us down a slippery slope where there's pot on every corner." He says he hopes Evers hasn't "poisoned the conversation through his own inexperience."

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke says using legalization of medical marijuana to move to full legalization would be a problem for many in the GOP Assembly caucus.


Associated Press