THU PM Update: GOP leadership seeks outside counsel for redistricting lawsuit; teacher licensing overhaul proposed

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-- Dem lawmakers today slammed a move by GOP leadership to hire outside lawyers to represent them in an ongoing redistricting lawsuit, warning Republicans are setting up taxpayers to be fleeced.
The Assembly and Senate Org committees voted along party lines to authorize the Legislature to hire the law firms of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Bell Giftos St. John LLC "and any other firms, entities or counsel deemed necessary."
"This is an open-ended as it can be, and it's a blank check from taxpayers," said Assembly Minority Leader...

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