A three-judge panel will decide soon whether to grant a stay in a pair of lawsuits involving legislative redistricting. Judge William O. Bertelsman said that the tribunal is determined to have a constitutional redistricting plan in place.
He said if the Legislature doesn't do it, he and the other judges will. Last Thursday Gov. Steve Beshear called for a special legislative session to begin on Aug. 19 to deal with the issue. Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw new district boundaries to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring changes in boundary lines to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate. The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down lawmakers' initial plan last year.