The timing of a special legislative session for the Kentucky General Assembly remains uncertain, though Gov. Steve Beshear and top lawmakers have been tossing around potential dates. Beshear wants lawmakers back in Frankfort before the end of the year to resolve the lingering issue of legislative redistricting, a politically divisive issue that tends to overshadow all other matters when it's up for consideration.
The governor says he wants the issue resolved before lawmakers begin budget talks in January. Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U-S Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate. The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down lawmakers' initial redistricting plan last year, forcing them to start over.