New Redistricting Maps May Need To Take Effect Immediately

Aug 20, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A federal court order issued Friday has created another hurdle for lawmakers in Frankfort as they try to hammer out new legislative boundaries by the end of the week.

The three-judge panel ruled that boundaries drawn in 2002 cannot be used for any future elections. Without those maps, it’s unclear what district lines the state could use in the event of a special election between now and November 2014. If the judges’ ruling stands, the House would need to include an emergency clause in the redistricting bill it passes, making the maps effective immediately. That would require a constitutional majority – or 51 members of the House.  

House Speaker Greg Stumbo is asking the court to alter its order to allow the state to rely on the 2002 maps for any special elections before November of next year.

The House is slated to vote on its redistricting bill Wednesday at 10 AM.