Efforts to redraw Kentucky's U.S. House districts are dead in the General Assembly. State House Speaker Greg Stumbo made that declaration after the state Senate could not agree to the latest compromise on district maps.
A Tompkinsville businessman is the newest member of the Kentucky General Assembly. Republican Bart Rowland won a special election Tuesday against Democrat Barry Dean Steele. The Monroe County native and insurance executive will represent the heavily Republican 53rd district which covers Monroe, Metcalfe, Cumberland, and Green counties.
A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution.
Judge Phillip Shepherd's ruling is based on the so-called five percent rule. It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the House and Senate districts divided too many counties.
Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller has resigned. Miller was appointed as head of the cabinet by Governor Steve Beshear during his first term. The agency is responsible for overseeing Medicaid and various social services.
Kentucky lawmakers are struggling to finalize new Congressional districts.
Both chambers approved new maps of the districts last month and have been in a conference committee for weeks to work out the differences. Last week, legislative leaders thought they were close to an agreement that would leave the maps relatively unchanged, but no compromise was made.