The House State Government Committee has passed its legislative redistricting bill, which now has an emergency clause due to legal reasons.
The bill made it out of 15th District Representative Brent Yonts' House State Government Committee on a 25-4 vote, with three Republicans and one Democrat voting “no.”
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke says the emergency clause comes because of ongoing lawsuits. The old maps have been deemed constitutional and putting the emergency clause would allow any potential special election to be run in the new boundaries.
Representative Dossett says he plans to make a floor speech when the bill comes before the full House, partly over his concerns about Christian County being split four ways.
The bill that passed committee doesn't include any changes in the map proposed last week for western Kentucky, according to Yonts and Dossett.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says the upper chamber is letting the House go first. He says they will amend the bill with their map and everything should wrap up by the end of the week.
Legislative redistricting is required by state law every 10 years to reflect shifts in population.