Lawsuit settlement signals end of current redistricting commission

Then-Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca Birch oversees the commission on Appellate Court Appointments Jan. 21. /Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times

Seven years after it was appointed to redraw the state’s congressional and legislative districts, the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is preparing to shut down operations following the settlement of the final lawsuit against it.

The commission voted unanimously at its April 28 meeting to accept a settlement with a group of Republican activists who sued the IRC in 2012. The plaintiffs agreed not to appeal a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s ruling against them, and in exchange, the commission will abandon its attempt to recoup $18,000 in legal costs.

Once Judge Roger Brodman approves the deal, the commission will have 30 days to shut down its central Phoenix office, according to IRC Executive Director Ray Bladine.

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