Lawsuit Filed Against State Over Redistricting

Apr 26, 2013

COVINGTON, Ky. -- A lawsuit has been filed against Gov. Steve Beshear and other state officials and politicians over the legislature's failure this year to draw new political boundaries in Kentucky.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Covington. The plaintiffs include Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, two judge-executives and nine northern Kentucky residents. They say the lack of a redistricting plan is leaving northern Kentucky without adequate representation.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes found by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky's overall population grew from 4 million to 4.3 million between 2000 and 2010, requiring a major reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.

The 2013 General Assembly failed to pass a redistricting plan.