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GOP state Senate leaders hire new law firm in redistricting suit


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Republican state Senate leaders hired a new law firm Monday, after the plaintiffs in last year’s redistricting lawsuit subpoenaed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other GOP officials.

Democratic and Hispanic groups want to know if majority Republicans are hiding state computers where information about the redistricting process is stored – records that were ordered to be made public by a federal court panel.

The Senate’s Organization Committee voted 3-2, with Democrats voting no, to hire the law firm of Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek – the same firm that does work for another of the defendants, the Legislative Technology Services Bureau.

The Senate Republicans plan to hand the bill to taxpayers – and they did not put a limit on how much the firm will get.

Taxpayers have already spent $1.9 million defending the way the GOP redrew Senate, Assembly, and congressional district boundaries in 2011.