- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The General Assembly’s legal bills to help defend in court North Carolina’s congressional and legislative districts have grown by an additional $500,000.

The amount comes from accumulated invoices covering the past year and obtained by The Associated Press through a records request.

That’s on top of at least $1.8 million billed previously by the same law firm originally hired in 2011 to help advise Republican lawmakers on drawing the maps and to defend them. The Ogletree Deakins lawyers work alongside the state Attorney General’s Office in three pending redistricting lawsuits. The boundaries haven’t been struck down and were used in 2012 and 2014 elections.

The legislature’s two-year budget includes $8 million to pay current and pending litigation costs. Those costs include defending other laws being challenged in court.



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