Kansas lawmakers' inaction on redistricting proves costly
The Kansas City Star
Not only did the Kansas Legislature fumble redistricting in the state despite lawmakers collecting their check for not doing the work, now the state is facing a $669,000 bill from lawyers in the case.
The Associated Press reports that Secretary of State Kris Kobach described the lawyers seeking fees as “shamless.”
Attorney General Derek Schmidt contends that the lawyers representing legislators, communities and individuals are not entitled to being paid.
What is shameless is the Legislature failing to do its job and a three-judge federal panel having to get the work done.
Kansas lawmakers have to understand a simple capitalist rule when it comes to inaction: “If you want to play, you’ve got to pay.”
The lawyers deserve the fees. Maybe after paying the attorneys the legislators will do the work they were elected to do.