Attorney general drops appeal of redistricting decision

Department to pay immigrants-rights group

Wisconsin’s attorney general has dropped an appeal over a decision dealing with the state’s legislative boundaries. He also agreed to pay the plaintiffs more than $185,000.

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had appealed the decision in April, but a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report said he reversed course on Monday.

As part of the reversal, the state Department of Justice will pay $185,500 to Voces de la Frontera. The immigrants-rights group prevailed in its challenge of newly drawn boundaries between two Assembly districts in Milwaukee.

That payment will bring the total taxpayer costs for the maps to over $1.5 million, but that number could still rise. A separate group of Democrats that also sued over the maps is also asking that its attorney fees be covered. That request is pending.