Thursday, January 12, 2012

Redistricting Fun

From the Kentucky House Republican Caucus:

House Republicans released their redistricting plan early this morning as a Floor Amendment to House Bill 1. Under the House Republicans plan filed by Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Ft. Thomas, only two additional counties would be divided on top of the 22 counties currently divided by law while meeting the required five percent plus or minus deviation.

“It is our belief that our plan meets the requirements of the Kentucky Constitution and would stand up to judicial scrutiny, unlike the version that the House Democrats are trying to push through,” said House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown. “But more importantly we believe our version is a more fair and equitable plan for all Kentuckians and for those they choose to represent them.”

Under the House Republicans version, four incumbent Democrats and two incumbent Republicans would be placed together in the 7th, 54th and 92nd Districts. The House Republican redistricting plan would also create new seats for the 84th District in a section of eastern Jefferson County.

House Bill 1 is scheduled to be heard and voted on by the full House of Representatives later this afternoon. House Republicans will ask that their floor amendment be heard and considered during this afternoon’s session

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