Governor Steve Beshear has made it clear again he will call a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly this year for legislative redistricting.
The House and Senate plans passed by lawmakers last year were deemed unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court and only the House passed a map this year. Senate leadership wanted to wait until next year, but Governor Beshear told Louisville media this week he will call a special session before then.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says he believes that special session will come in September or October—after the House and Senate leadership come to a compromise on maps and which census numbers to use.
Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he recently met with his leadership and also anticipates going back to Frankfort this year. Westerfield hopes a solid compromise will be in place and regrets state law requires them to spend at least five costly days in session.
The House redistricting bill passed in this year's session drew some criticism because it used different census numbers from what was utilized in congressional redistricting. State law requires the House and Senate to redraw the lines every 10 years to make sure all Kentucky citizens are represented as equally as possible in Frankfort.