Oklahoma Senate wants to join redistricting case

Associated Press State Wire: Oklahoma (OK) - Thursday, September 8, 2011
The Oklahoma Senate has asked an Oklahoma County judge to let it intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the chamber's new election districts. 

Republican Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman of Sapulpa says a motion was filed late Thursday afternoon to allow the Senate to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Democratic Sen. Jim Wilson of Tahlequah. 

Wilson says new Senate election districts violate a state constitutional requirement that consideration be given to compactness, historical precedent, economic and political interests, and contiguous territories when drawing election districts 

The Senate's motion says the case should be dismissed because Wilson raised the same argument in an earlier lawsuit he filed in the Oklahoma Supreme Court. That challenge was rejected just last week. 

A hearing on the Senate's motion has not been set.