A Warren County lawmaker says he's not panicking yet about the new redistricting maps passed by a House committee Tuesday. If the maps became a reality, Republican Representative Jim DeCesare would find himself in a new district alongside two other House GOP colleagues--Mike Meredith of Brownsville and C.B Embry of Morgantown.
DeCesare told WKU Public Radio he wasn't shocked by the new maps.
"I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not,” said the Rockfield Republican. “It's kind of what they tried to do last year. Apparantly the House Democratic leadership is trying to eliminate three Republican members in one fail swoop."
Redistricting is often used as a tool by the majority party to protect their own, while modifying or eliminating districts friendly to the minority party. The new maps still have a long way to go before becoming law. They would have to pass the full House and Senate, and then be signed into law by Governor Beshear.
DeCesare says House Republicans plan to meet Wednesday afternoon to come up with a strategy on how to combat the Democratic-favored maps.
The Warren County Republican says he won’t be surprised if redistricting is ultimately decided during a special legislative session later this year.
"We still haven't voted on this matter on the House floor. It's only come out of committee. We're running out of days. Even if it comes out of the House, there's a possibility the Senate might not address it, because of the timing of it."