Redistricting suits filed

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By Associated Press

SANTA FE —  New Mexico’s redistricting battle has moved to the courts.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a flurry of lawsuits was filed Monday over redistricting plans.
Santa Fe’s State Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf and several voters sued in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe over plans drawn up in the recent special session. Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers, including state House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, filed a separate lawsuit in the 5th Judicial District Court in Lea County.
The lawsuits were filed just days after a 19-day special legislative session that had partisan tempers flaring over the Legislature’s constitutional duty to redraw congressional and legislative districts every 10 years.
The court fights also come just after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez laid off dozens of state workers.
Associated Press