Representation Questions Arise from Redistricting in Kentucky

Nov 7, 2013

Kentucky lawmakers redrew state House and Senate boundaries this summer, but there are questions about who they represent.  The Lexington Herald-Leader reports top lawmakers discussed Wednesday what to tell constituents wondering who represents their districts.

The new boundaries created a problem for legislative staff when constituents ask which lawmaker represents them -- the legislator last elected by the constituent or the lawmaker who lives in the constituent's redrawn district.

Legislative staff members say they need to know how they should list lawmakers and their districts on the legislative website and in the 2014 legislative directories.

Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer proposed that the LRC give constituents the names of lawmakers from newly drawn districts.  But House Speaker Greg Stumbo said constituents expect their lawmakers to be the ones they elected.