Kentucky House Poised To Pass Redistricting Compromise

Aug 21, 2013

FRANKFORT— Rep. Jim Wayne, D-Louisville, discusses a plan to redraw legislative district boundaries during a meeting of the House Committee on State Government.
Credit Legislative Research Commission

A legislative redistricting bill is expected to get a vote on the House floor this morning. House Speaker Greg Stumbo predicted that it will pass overwhelmingly and be sent to the Senate to be acted on by Friday. The House State Government Committee approved the measure 25-4 on Tuesday.

Lawmakers are working fast to complete redistricting because a three-judge panel is closely watching their efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter. Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.