Rewriting Voting Districts

The state Assembly Speaker says the Wisconsin Supreme Court is exceeding its authority by drafting plans to rewrite the boundaries of voting districts.

Republican Mike Huebsch of West Salem says the move forces the GOP-led assembly and the Democratic-led Senate to hire lawyers to respond to a proposal before the court, which could lead to big legal bills for taxpayers.

The Supreme Court says it has to be ready to write legislative district maps in the event lawmakers can't agree or the legislature's plan is challenged in court.

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Russ Decker of Schofield says he doesn't share Huebsch's concerns about the Supreme Court committee and the court's authority.

But he agrees the legislature has constitutional responsibility for redistricting. And he says a lawyer for the Senate will deliver that message to the committee.

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