Beshear: Kentucky congressional redistricting may be redone

Beshear: Kentucky congressional redistricting may be redone


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says congressional redistricting completed last year may have to be redone in an upcoming special legislative session.

That's because lawmakers who have been battling over legislative boundaries are looking to exclude federal prisoners from Kentucky's population count. The problem is that those prisoners were included when lawmakers passed congressional redistricting.

Beshear told reporters Monday that he and legislative leaders have agreed to do congressional, legislative and judicial redistricting "on a consistent basis." So he said if lawmakers opt to exclude federal prisoners from legislative districts, then they'd have to be taken out of the congressional districts.

Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw political boundaries to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.

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