Arizona House and Senate committees have approved $500,000 in extra funding for the Independent Redistricting Commission to allow the commission to pay lawyers defending it from lawsuits.

The commission had asked for nearly $2.3 million to pay lawyers and for reserves in case it faces more lawsuits or has to redraw district maps.

Senate President Andy Biggs told the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that he'd spoken with commission Executive Director Ray Bladine and they agreed the $500,000 would be enough for now. It passed on a 7-2 vote and moves to the full Senate Thursday.

A House committee also passed the bill 9-1 Wednesday.

The commission redraws Legislative and congressional districts every 10 years. It faces several Republican-backed lawsuits challenging district maps the commission approved last January.