Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 13, 2013

Special session on redistricting likely

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — Special sessions may be unpopular — legislators understand that well enough to avoid them if at all possible — but two lawsuits over drawing legislative districts may precipitate one soon.

Gov. Steve Beshear has said he wants to call lawmakers back to Frankfort sometime before next January’s 2014 regular session of the General Assembly to redraw state legislative maps.

In 2012, the legislature redrew the maps — each chamber drew its own to benefit the majority’s incumbents and the Democratic House and Republican Senate agreed to accept the other’s. But minority Republican House members and one Democratic senator sued and the courts ruled both plans unconstitutional.

 

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