Lawsuit filed against state over redistricting

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Associated Press

Posted on April 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed against Gov. Steve Beshear and other state officials and politicians over the legislature's failure this year to draw new political boundaries in Kentucky.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Covington. The plaintiffs include Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, two judge-executives and nine northern Kentucky residents. They say the lack of a redistricting plan is leaving northern Kentucky without adequate representation.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes found by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Kentucky's overall population grew from 4 million to 4.3 million between 2000 and 2010, requiring a major reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate.

The 2013 General Assembly failed to pass a redistricting plan when the House and Senate could not agree.

"We passed a plan that complies with both state and federal law, but the Senate refused to do the same, even though we urged that chamber to act throughout the session," House Speaker Greg Stumbo, a defendant in the lawsuit along with Senate President Robert Stivers, said in a statement Friday. "Barring something unforeseen, our plan is the one we will adopt, whether in a special session or in 2014. Obviously, the House believes this issue is something that needs to be done."

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