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Mon August 19, 2013
Special Redistricting Session Starts Today
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Monday for a special legislative session to redraw boundaries around House and Senate districts.
Expected to last a week, the session is set to begin at noon EDT.
With federal judges watching over their shoulders, lawmakers have put together redistricting proposals that don't include any overt attempts at political one-upmanship.
Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate. The overall population rose from 4 million to 4.3 million. But that growth tended to be in urban areas while rural communities declined.
If lawmakers fail to redraw legislative boundaries, a three-judge panel is poised to do it.