House Passes Redistricting Bill By Comfortable Margin
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A legislative redistricting bill sailed through the state House of Representatives this afternoon, but not before lawmakers from Fayette, Scott, and a handful of other counties spoke against the compromise.
House Bill 1 passed by a vote of 83 to 17. While many representatives praised the Democratic leaders for putting forward a far less partisan redistricting plan than previous proposals, a number of lawmakers including Fayette County representative Stan Lee called the process “unfair.” 81st District Representative Rita Smart said antiquated rules are forcing lawmakers to split growing communities like Bowling Green and Georgetown.
"I think the constitution originally was design to help small rural communities to make sure they were not split and I can see that, but it's a new day and there's a new problem and evidently that new problem has never been addressed," she says.
Republican Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover expressed worries that the political makeup of the districts – 76 majority Democrat and 24 majority Republican, he said – might cause the state Supreme Court to once again reject the maps.
The Senate is expected to bring the measure up for a vote on Friday.