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UPDATE: Ky. Governor Signs Redistricting Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 8/23/13 @ 1:20 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a legislative redistricting bill that appears to be free of any overt attempts at partisan one-upmanship.

He did so Friday, shortly after the House and Senate gave their final approval in a show of bipartisan support.

Beshear had called lawmakers into special session Monday to redraw boundaries around legislative districts. He urged them to complete their work as quickly as possible because of the $60,000-a-day cost of a special session.

Kentucky's legislative process requires a minimum of five days to get a bill to final passage. By wrapping up Friday, they limited the overall cost of the special session to about $300,000.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.



UPDATE 8/23/13 @ 10:55 a.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The full Senate has approved a legislative redistricting bill that lacks any overt attempts at political one-upmanship, sending it back to the House where it is expected to receive speedy final passage.

Gov. Steve Beshear is poised to sign the measure into law on Friday, as soon as lawmakers wrap up work on what had been a lingering issue in Kentucky.

The Senate voted 35-2 on Friday morning, a reflection of broad bipartisan support for the measure.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.

Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.



UPDATE 8/21/13 @ 1:03 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legislative redistricting bill has breezed through the House and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Legislative leaders removed many of the partisan overtones that had been in previous proposals, a move that led to broader support among rank-and-file lawmakers of both parties.

The House passed the bill 83-17 Wednesday morning. The Senate is expected to rush the measure to a vote on Friday.

Lawmakers are working fast to complete redistricting because a three-judge panel is closely watching their efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.



UPDATE 8/20/13 @11:55 a.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.

The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track.

Legislative leaders are pushing to wrap up redistricting work by Friday. In Kentucky's legislative process, it takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill.

Lawmakers are working hurriedly to get done quickly because of pending lawsuits. As three-judge panel is closely watching the Legislature's efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter in the special session.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.

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UPDATE 8/19/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A special legislative session to deal o redraw boundaries around House and Senate districts is underway in Kentucky.

The special session began at noon Monday and is expected to last a week.

With federal judges watching over their shoulders, lawmakers have put together redistricting proposals that don't include any overt attempts at political one-upmanship.

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 overall population rose from 4 million to 4.3 million. But that growth tended to be in urban areas while rural communities declined.

If lawmakers fail to redraw legislative boundaries, a three-judge panel is poised to do it.



UPDATE 8/16/13 @ 10:10 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- House Democrats have unveiled a legislative redistricting plan that they say is both politically fair and constitutional.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo released details of the proposal at the Capitol on Friday, days ahead of the start of a special session called by Gov. Steve Beshear to resolve the issue.

The latest proposal potentially pits four Democratic and four Republican incumbents against each other in upcoming elections by redrawing legislative boundaries in a way that puts them in the same House districts.

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 special session is set to begin Monday.



UPDATE 6/17/13
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session.

That's because lawmakers who have been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count. The problem is that those prisoners were included when lawmakers passed congressional redistricting.

Beshear told reporters Monday that he and legislative leaders have agreed to do congressional, legislative and judicial redistricting "on a consistent basis." So he said 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.



5/20/13
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- House Speaker Greg Stumbo has offered a Senate redistricting plan in hopes of speeding up what has become a drawn-out process.

The Prestonsburg Democrat said Monday that delaying legislative redistricting makes it more likely that judges will step in to realign political boundaries in the state.

Two federal lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks - one seeking to force lawmakers to take action and another asking for a panel of judges to redraw political lines.

House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover said Kentuckians may be better off having federal judges draw a redistricting plan that would place people above politics.

That, Hoover said, would also eliminate the need for Gov. Steve Beshear to call lawmakers back into a special session that would cost some $300,000 a week.


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