legislative redistricting

10:58 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Kentucky Legislative Leaders Undecided On Whether to Delay Redistricting in Kentucky

Rep. Jim DeCesare, R-Rockfield (right), discusses legislation with Rep. John Tilley, D-Hopkinsville (left), and Rep. David Osborne, R-Prospect, in the Kentucky House of Representatives.
Credit Kentucky LRC

Kentucky legislative leaders say they haven't responded yet to Gov. Steve Beshear’s request to delay General Assembly redistricting in the 2013 session.

Senate President Robert Stivers says his leadership team has not yet decided on a response and that many in his chamber are conflicted on when to address redistricting.

“And we all have varying opinions on what needs to be done and when it needs to be done and one thing I don’t think we need to do is a special session,” he says.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo says he’d like to get the issue out of the way, but will work with Stivers and the governor on a resolution during the legislature’s upcoming two week break.

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4:14 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Gov. Beshear Wants to Delay Redistricting, But Not Everyone Agrees

Gov. Steve Beshear is urging legislative leaders to delay General Assembly redistricting.

In a letter to House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers, the governor says he’d like them to hold off redistricting in the 2013 legislative session and instead take up other important issues, such as pension and tax reforms.

Beshear is opening the door to handling redistricting in a special session instead, because the issue tends to cause hard feelings after lawmakers see their districts changing.

“If we drop redistricting on top of all of that, it might well create such turmoil that we couldn’t get anything done,” Beshear says.

Lawmakers must still re-draw their own districts — after the Kentucky Supreme Court threw out maps drawn in 2012 — calling them unconstitutional. Redistricting of Congressional districts is already finished.

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1:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Kentucky LRC Ordered to Pay Legal Fees of Plantiffs

A judge has ruled that the Legislative Research Commission is responsible for legal fees incurred by lawmakers who successfully challenged how legislative districts were redrawn during this year's Kentucky General Assembly.

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4:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Lawmakers Looking to Compensate Lawyers Who Represented Redistricting Efforts

Legislative leaders are going to take another crack at approving payments to lawyers who fought to defend last year’s redistricting maps. The Legislative Research Commission hired the attorneys earlier this year to fend off challenges to new district maps.

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11:21 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Kentucky Supreme Court to Hear Redistricting Case Friday

The Kentucky Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has announced that it will hear oral arguments in the legislative re-districting case in the state Friday morning, February 24th,  starting at ten a.m., Eastern time. Oral aruments will be presented about the constitutionality of the General Assembly's redrawing of state legislative districts.

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