Mon February 18, 2013
Despite Reservations Elsewhere, Kentucky House Moves Forward With Redistricting
Kentucky House leaders are moving ahead with addressing redistricting this session—despite hesitation from the Senate and pleas from the governor.
The regional caucuses are still working on their areas when it comes to redistricting, House Speaker Greg Stumbo said.
But that the main hold up was in eastern Kentucky, where there are large population losses. Despite those issues, Stumbo said his Democratic caucus has voted in favor of finishing redistricting this session.
"Our caucus voted to move forward on redistricting and I didn't look at every hand but it looked like it was a pretty unanimous vote so Democrats in the House want to move on this issue," Stumbo said.
Senate leaders say some redistricting conversations have started, but that they view the issue as too contentious to bring up in 2013.
Stumbo says most of the regional caucuses have submitted new maps, but that hang ups were occurring in his eastern Kentucky caucus more than other regional caucuses.
"Central Kentucky is fairly easily because they have five or six counties because of population they can split. We only have one that we can split and it's very difficult," he said.
Lawmakers have to drawn new lines before the 2014 election filing deadline, since maps drawn last year were thrown out by the Kentucky Supreme Court.