A lawsuit challenging the election of several Democratic state senators could grow to include one-fourth of the Legislature and may not be resolved by the time the new Legislature starts considering proposed laws.
Montgomery Circuit Judge Charles Price held a hearing today on two lawsuits filed over the 2006 legislative elections. The suits involve whether five senators filed the proper campaign finance reports and whether their elections should be undone. The judge instructed an attorney who filed one of the suits to bring in all other legislators who are similarly situated.
An attorney for the state Democratic Party says that could involve four Republican senators and 21 Republican House members who didn't file campaign finance forms for the primary election in June. The judge says he will hold another hearing March second. That means the case may not be resolved by the time the Legislature begins its regular session on March sixth.