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Lawmakers OK extra redistricting commission funds

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Legislature has approved yet another supplemental appropriation for the commission that drew up new legislative and congressional districts following the 2010 Census.

Both the Senate and House on Thursday approved about $635,000 is extra funding.

The Independent Redistricting Commission is the target of several lawsuits challenging the district maps. A weeklong trial on the state Legislative maps was held in federal court last month and a three-judge panel could issue a decision at any time.

The commission wanted between $635,000 and $720,000 to pay legal bills through June 30. House Speaker Andy Tobin and Senate President Andy Biggs agreed on the lower amount.

A Democratic effort to amend Senate Bill 1482 to add the additional $85,000 failed.

The Legislature approved an emergency $500,000 appropriation in January.

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