Legislative Research Commission Asks Court of Appeals to Reinstate District Lines

Feb 13, 2012

The Associated Press reports the Kentucky Court of Appeals has been asked to reinstate recently enacted legislative district lines after a judge found they don't meet Constitutional muster. The Legislative Research Commission today told the Appellate Court that Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd overstepped his authority in throwing out the new lines and ordering lawmakers to run in existing districts.

House Republicans filed suit last month, challenging the Constitutionality of the new boundaries. A Senate Democrat displaced in the redistricting process joined the lawsuit, which contends that the new districts could have been better balanced by population and redrawn in such a way that fewer counties would have been split among districts.