A Dane County judge say Republican legislative leaders cannot pre-emptively spend taxpayer money on private lawyers ahead of a possible fight on redistricting. The ruling means that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu have to get back the money they paid to the firms. One of those contracts could have cost taxpayers almost a million dollars, and G-O-P leaders have been paying the lawyers $30,000 dollars a month since December.

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