The Independent Redistricting Commission will be getting another check from the state.

Legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jan Brewer provides another $635,226 for ongoing legal expenses. That is on top of the nearly $1.5 million it was granted at the beginning of the fiscal year on July 1, plus another $500,000 it got in the interim.

The commission is fighting three separate legal challenges to the lines it drew for the state's 30 legislative and nine congressional districts. One of those lawsuits was filed by the Legislature itself which contends that voters had no power in 2000 to let the commission draw congressional boundaries.

House Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden, a plaintiff in that lawsuit, said he's not happy about the spending but conceded that the Arizona Constitution requires lawmakers to give the panel what it needs for its legal fights.

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