KY Lawmakers Wrestle with Redistricting

Dec 31, 2012

Kentucky lawmakers are at odds on whether to postpone redistricting for a year to avoid gumming up an upcoming legislative session that's already chock-full of hefty issues. Incoming Republican Senate President Robert Stivers says there’s no rushed to redraw legislative boundaries because the next round of elections isn't until 2014. Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo wants the process over as quickly as possible after the session convenes Jan. 8.

The last redistricting effort ended in political turmoil, and eventually made its way to the state Supreme Court. Justices concluded legislative districts redrawn by lawmakers were not balanced by population. They ruled districts had to be redrawn to comply with the "one person, one vote" mandate in federal and state law.