Tue August 20, 2013
Redistricting Bill Approved by Kentucky House Panel
A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a Kentucky House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.
The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track.
The plan under consideration in the Democratic-led House is drawing criticism from a prominent Republican in the GOP-led Senate.
Sen. Damon Thayer spoke out against the measure today in a floor speech.
"My hometown of Georgetown has been split into three. As a matter of fact, you can walk within a block of the courthouse downtown and have three different representatives, which seems to me to be in defiance of the 'communities of interest' provision when considering redistricting," Thayer said.
Legislative leaders are pushing to wrap up redistricting work by Friday because of pending lawsuits.
A federal three-judge panel is closely watching the legislature's efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter in the special session.
Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.