Kentucky Legislature looks ahead to redistricting

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December 14, 2010

FRANKFORT, Kentucky: As the U.S. Census Bureau prepares to begin releasing data from the 2010 Census next week, members of the Kentucky House and Senate are looking ahead to the redistricting process, which will begin in 2011. While a number of states create special commissions to deal with redistricting, Kentucky allows the legislature to handle it directly.

State officials expect to begin working with the 2010 census data by late March, around the same time that the Legislature's 2011 session will be drawing to a close. State Senator Damon Thayer explained, “Some districts will grow. Some districts will shrink. Some districts will stay the same way they are today. Until we get those population numbers, it’s just too soon to speculate on what might happen.”[1]

Kentucky does not have one specific set of rules on redistricting, only guidelines. To that end, the 2011 process is expected to mirror past redistricting, with each chamber independently drawing up a plan and presenting it in the form of a bill. The bill is treated the same as any other legislation. Current predictions see no changes at the federal level, but possible changes at the state level, most notably in northern districts.

In the November 2, 2010 elections Democrats lost seats in both the chambers of the Legislature, but held onto a majority in the House.

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 17 15
     Republican Party 20 22
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 38 38


Kentucky House of Representatives
Party As of November 1, 2010 After the 2010 Election
     Democratic Party 65 58
     Republican Party 35 42
Total 100 100


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