Kentucky lawmakers last chance to decide on redistricting before federal court intervenes

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky House Democratic leaders will hold a special session Monday to try to draw new legislative boundaries for the Bluegrass state.

Today is their last chance to decide redistricting before a federal court intervenes.

States are required to redraw legislative district boundaries after each U.S. census and on August 7, leaders of the House and Senate majorities unveiled maps they plan to enact as law.

“We have a plan that is both fair politically and that meets every single legal requirement,” said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg in a press release.  “We gave all House members the opportunity to take part in this process, and this map reflects their considerable input.”

The lines drawn could play a role in control of the Kentucky House where Democrats hold a slight majority.

The Kentucky Supreme Court struck down lawmakers initial plan in 2012, finding the proposed districts unconstitutional because they weren’t balanced by the population.

“I am confident that this plan will draw support from both sides of the aisle, and that the General Assembly will complete its work on this issue in the shortest time possible,” Speaker Stumbo said.

The special session begins at noon in Frankfort and is expected to last five days. It’s been reported it will cost taxpayers $60,000 dollars for every day of the session.

9 On Your Side reporter Shannon Kettler contributed to this report.

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