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Redistricting bills following predictable path on day two of session

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During the second day of the 2022 Legislative Session Wednesday, bills to draw new legislative, state supreme court and congressional district lines moved forward. WUKY’s Karyn Czar reports from Frankfort.

Every 10 years when population numbers are released in the latest census, lawmakers can draw new district boundaries.

This is the year and the GOP currently holds the majority in both the House and Senate. Last week, the proposed redistricting maps were unveiled. SB2 and 3 cover those plans and both passed through committee and on to the Senate floor by a vote of 8-2. Republican Senator Adrienne Southworth who represents the 7th district was one of the no votes.

Southworth and others who oppose the bills say the process was rushed and that the lines are not fairly drawn. Republican and Senate President Robert Stivers responded that the maps follow legal guidelines and said he felt proposed redistricting plans in the past were not equitable.

Similar bills are moving along on the House side, and they are expected to be passed and on the Governor’s desk by the end of the week.