TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach opposes an attempt by a state senator and others to get involved in a federal lawsuit over the state Legislature’s failure to redraw political boundaries.
Kobach filed written arguments Monday, ahead of a court hearing in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.
He is the defendant in the lawsuit, filed earlier this month by Robyn Renee Essex, a Republican precinct committee member from Olathe.
The hearing Monday deals with requests from at least nine people to intervene. They include Senate Reapportionment Committee Chairman Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, and area business leaders and residents.
They argue neither Kobach nor Essex can represent their interests. Kobach disputes their arguments and says their involvement would delay a resolution of the case.