Democrats criticize hiring of firm for House remap

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Democratic lawmakers are raising complaints about Republican House Speaker Jim Tucker's decision to hire a law firm with national GOP ties to submit the state House remap to federal officials.

The head of the House redistricting committee, Democratic Rep. Rick Gallot, said Friday the choice creates the appearance of impropriety because the firm had given the Republican delegation advice about redistricting.

The Senate is using its staff to do its redistricting submission.

Tucker has hired Washington, D.C.-based Holtzman Vogel PLLC to guide the redesign of the 105 House districts to the U.S. Justice Department for review under the Voting Rights Act.

Tucker says he chose a firm with the expertise needed for the complex legal work.

The managing partner of Holtzman Vogel is chief counsel to the Republican National Committee.

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