9:48 am
Wed March 6, 2013

DeCesare Not Shocked by Look of Democratic-Favored Redistricting Maps

New redistricting maps would have a big impact on Warren County Rep. Jim DeCesare (right)
Credit Kentucky LRC

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.

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6:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Kentucky House Committee Passes Redistricting Maps After Long Wait

The House State Government committee has advanced a new redistricting map to the House floor after weeks of closed door debate.

Last year's state House and Senate districts were ruled unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court after House GOP members challenged them in court. The new House districts would create seven new districts all across Kentucky, where no current lawmakers reside. 

Those districts are: 

  • House District 1 -- Fulton, Hickman Carlisle and Ballard counties, with parts of Graves County. 
  • House District 19 -- Warren County/Bowling Green
  • District 36   -- East Louisville
  • District 49 -- Bullitt County
  • District 54 -- Anderson, Shelby and part of Bullitt county
  • District 88 -- Fayette County/Lexington
  • District 96 -- Powell, Estill and part of Madison county.
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8:07 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Stumbo Moving Forward with Redistricting Plans Despite Beshear's Wishes

Despite a request from Gov. Steve Beshear to put off redistricting until later this year, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo is moving forward with getting proposals on the divisive issue.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Stumbo sent a letter to House members asking them to submit proposed boundaries for new legislative districts by Feb. 1.

Stumbo said after the proposals come in, lawmakers would decide whether to try to tackle redistricting during the 2013 General Assembly, which resumes on Feb. 5 and is set to end March 26. Rep. Tommy Thompson, a Democrat from Owensboro, told WKU Public Radio he hopes lawmakers take up redistricting this year instead of putting it off until 2014, when House and Senate elections will be held.

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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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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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4:32 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Senate Bill Would Change Redistricting Process in Kentucky

A bill that would alter the section of the state Constitution dealing with redistricting is moving through the state legislature. The Senate took up the measure Thursday. The bill passed mostly on party lines in the Republican-controlled chamber, 27-11.

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9:38 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Stumbo Supports Plan to Change How Kentucky Handles Redistricting

A change in the way lawmakers draw redistricting lines is likely to end up in front of voters this fall. Senate Bill 18 would give legislators more direction in how to split counties during  redistricting, as well as require them to follow federal law. It would throw decades of past state precedent out the window.

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Bill Would Give More Specific Instructions
12:09 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Senate Bill Would Amend Constitutional Provisions on Redistricting

A move to amend the provisions of Kentucky’s constitution that deal with redistricting has been introduced in the state Senate. State Senator Robert Stivers’s bill would change the laws around redistricting, and give more direction for how medium-sized counties could be split.

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Redistricting in Kentucky
12:17 pm
Sat February 18, 2012

Legislative Redistricting Case to Be Heard by High Court

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the legislative redistricting case this week. Chief Justice John D. Minton filed an order Friday officially accepting transfer of the case from the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

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LRC Goes to Appellate Court
4:24 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Legislative Research Commission Asks Court of Appeals to Reinstate District Lines

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.

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