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6:13 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Congressional Redistricting May Be Done Over, Says Beshear

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear
Credit Kentucky Governor's Office

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Congressional redistricting that was completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session, adding one more potential complication to what has become a protracted effort by Kentucky lawmakers redraw political boundaries.

Gov. Steve Beshear raised the possibility of redrawing congressional maps during an impromptu press conference Monday outside his Capitol office.

The prospect arose because House Democrats are looking to exclude some 8,500 federal prison inmates from the population count used to redraw legislative districts. The problem is that those prisoners were included when lawmakers reconfigured congressional lines.

Beshear said if lawmakers decide to exclude federal prisoners from legislative and judicial districts, then they'd have to be taken out of the congressional ones as well.

"The idea is to make sure that all of them are done on a consistent basis," Beshear said.

The governor said the congressional districts would require only "limited" adjustments if that's the route lawmakers choose to take.

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