Mon August 19, 2013
Some Kentucky Lawmakers Want to Consider Creation of Independent Restricting Panel
Kentucky lawmakers are back in Frankfort for what they hope will be a quick special legislative session devoted to creating new redistricting maps.
Both Republicans and Democrats have unveiled proposed maps, and leaders from parties say they believe an agreement can be reached by Friday.
The latest redistricting effort has dragged on over a year, with one set of maps being thrown out by the state Supreme Court. That’s leading some to wonder if Kentucky should consider creating an independent commission that would be in charge of creating new legislative maps every ten years.
Democratic Representative Tommy Thompson says it’s an idea he’d consider.
"I certainly would not be opposed to looking at the possibility of having an independent commission actually do the redistricting itself and I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t have some bills come up when we go back into session in January propose that," he said.
Republican Representative Michael Meredith says he would also consider the creation of an independent redistricting commission, but would want lawmakers to ultimately have an up-or-down vote on any maps such a commission produced.