Beshear: KY Congressional Redistricting May Be Redone

Jun 18, 2013

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session. That's because lawmakers who’ve been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count.

The problem is those prisoners were included when lawmakers passed congressional redistricting. Beshear says he and leaders in the General Assembly have agreed to do congressional, legislative and judicial redistricting on a consistent basis.  He says if lawmakers opt to exclude federal prisoners from legislative districts, then they'd have to be taken out of the congressional districts. Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw political boundaries to comply with the federal and state one person, one vote mandate.