Legislative leaders won't have to turn over the information their lawyers produced on redistricting right away, a three-judge panel said.
Last month, the judges decided in favor the Democrats and non-profits seeking redistricting information from the private lawyers House Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate leader Phil Berger, and Senate redistricting Chairman Bob Rucho hired.
The judges said that since the lawyers were paid with taxapayer money, their work on the redistricting plans is public record and should be treated like the work produced by state employees.
The legislators filed notice of appeal last week, and have a temporary stay that will expire May 11. The stay will give them time to seek an appeal, the judges wrote.