Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

August 21, 2013

Redistricting plan zips through House

Federal judges may have final say

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT —

A newly drawn map of state House legislative districts sailed through the House Wednesday on a strong 83-17 bi-partisan vote.

Only 15 of the 45 Republicans voted against the bill drafted by the majority Democrats and Speaker Greg Stumbo. They were joined by two Democrats, Rita Smart of Richmond and Jimmie Lee of Elizabethtown, who objected to their counties being split five and six ways, respectively.

But Republicans who spoke during floor debate may have provided a preview of a potential court challenge as most of them cited a Georgia case which attorneys for plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the Kentucky legislative maps currently before a three-judge panel have cited in motions and pleadings.

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