A three-judge panel hearing a redistricing lawsuit ruled that private lawyers who legislative Republicans paid with taxpayer money must make their redistricting documents public.
Lawyers for Democrats and non-profits suing over the redistricting plans sought documents used to prepare the redistricting maps. The three-judge panel ruled Friday that the documents private lawyers produced are public record.
After the redistricting maps become law, all information requests to legislative employees and documents prepared by legislative employees on redistricting matters become public record.
Lawyers for Democrats and the non-profits fighting the redistricting plans also wanted to see information prepared by private lawyers Thomas Farr and Michael Carvin, private lawyers GOP legislative leaders hired to give them redistricting advice.
Their law firms are legislative employees, the three-judge panel, because they each served as consultants and counsel to legislators and were paid with state money.