Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo has responded to a federal lawsuit demanding action on legislative redistricting, saying the house took action during this year's regular session.
Speaker Stumbo says inaction by the Senate puts the Commonwealth on the brink of federal intervention and says he can't imagine why lawmakers would want federal judges to do the job of the General Assembly.
Stumbo says he would ask for an immediate special session to address redistricting if senate leadership offered a plan. Speaker Stumbo includes his own new Senate map in the brief, which would keep District 3 the same—constituted of Christian, Todd and Logan counties.
The map uses controversial population data that's disputed by House Republicans and would not put any incumbents running against each other. Speaker Stumbo contends four incumbents, including two Republicans, would have to face off if the same population data is used that lawmakers used last year when both plans were ruled unconstitutional.
The Speaker says each chamber has a right to draw its own map, he only wanted to show crafting an acceptable map with the new data is possible. Governor Steve Beshear has voiced a desire to call a special session, but hasn't said when that might come.