Government
2:30 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Initial Arguments Made in Redistricting Appeal

Kentucky lawmakers who successfully sued to keep new district maps from taking effect have filed new motions with the state Supreme Court.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled two weeks ago that the maps of new House and Senate districts were unconstitutional because they weren't in line with population variance numbers previously set by the Supreme Court. The Legislative Research Commission promptly appealed the case.

The LRC argues that the five percent variance per district rule is invalid because it isn't based on constitutional law.

The Supreme Court will decide soon whether to hear the appeal and whether to overturn Shepherd's injunction.