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Legislation limbo lamentation

Legislation limbo lamentation

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 8:54 AM

(WHAS11)  The wait for a redistricting challenge to be resolved, coupled with a hesitancy by lawmakers to debate politically sensitive issues has resulted in a logjam of legislation in Frankfort.

A Franklin County judge will hear arguments Monday morning from attorneys for House Republicans and Democratic Senator Kathy Stein.  Judge Philip Shepherd suspended the filing deadline for elected office as he considers the challenge.

The expanding gambling amendment and pseudoephedrine prescription requirement are among the issues on hold.

Lawmakers apparently want to know what their district's boundaries will be and any election challengers before tackling the tougher stuff.

The Courier-Journal's Joe Gerth laments the inaction in Monday's newspaper:

They should vote for what is right, and not for what is politically expedient.

That’s leadership.

In a companion article, Gerth reports on how redistricting affects the make-up of the statehouse, including the impending departure of Louisville Senator Perry Clark (D) and Lancaster Representative Lonnie Napier (R):

As things stand now, at least 15 members of the state House won’t be back next year and seven members of the state Senate are calling it quits at the end of their terms — some because of redistricting plans that punish members of the minority parties.

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In all, 46 people have filed to run in 19 Senate races and 198 candidates have filed for 100 House seats.

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