Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

November 15, 2012

Legislative Research Commission ordered to pay for attorney fees

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — Nearly a year after Kentucky lawmakers tried to pass a legislative re-districting plan that was subsequently ruled unconstitutional, they will now have to pony up more than $200,000 in taxpayer money to pay for all the attorneys who argued the case in court.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the General Assembly on Thursday to pay the attorney fees for a group of House Republicans and a Democratic state Senator who successfully argued the original plan was unconstitutional.

Shepherd ordered the Legislative Research Commission to pay $112,375 for attorney fees for the House Republicans and $74,480.51 for attorney fees for Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington. The LRC has already paid Louisville attorney Sheryl Snyder more than $19,000 to defend the re-districting plan on its behalf.

Shepherd’s ruling allows the LRC 30 days to appeal.

LRC Director Bobby Sherman said he plans to talk to LRC leaders to determine the next step.

“As of today, we’ve got a final and appealable order. The question becomes do you pay it or appeal it,” Sherman said. “We’ve got 30 days to react and I will talk to the LRC leaders as to what to do.”

For the full story, read the Nov. 16 print or e-Edition of the Glasgow Daily Times.