Kentucky redistricting bill filed by House Speaker Stumbo
FRANKFORT, Kentucky: Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo (R) filed a redistricting bill on February 19. The piece of legislation itself has no specific redistricting plans attached to it, but would allow for lawmakers to add a finalized plan later in the session.
Redistricting is a major issue in northern Kentucky, where a population growth of 38 percent in the last decade necessitates more representation. Boone County's current Representative Sal Santoro (R) represents nearly 65,000 people, around 50 percent more than the state law-mandated size of 43,000.
Following the state Supreme Court's rejection of the legislative maps in 2012, the Legislature was required to pass new maps prior to the 2014 elections. On February 10, the Kentucky State Legislature approved a congressional redistricting compromise. The plan passed 29-7 in the Senate and 58-26 in the House. Governor Steve Beshear (D) signed the plan on the same day. These events came just one day after a lawsuit was filed asking the courts to take over the congressional redistricting process.