A house committee, mainly along Democratic party lines, approved a plan that takes the southern most counties out of the current 6th congressional district, such as Garrard and Boyle, and put them in the 2nd District. But in southern Kentucky, the western half of Pulaski County would no longer be in the 5th district, home to Hal Rogers.
“I just don’t think that is good government. I don’t think regardless of who your congressman is..splitting a county like Pulaski is a good idea,” said Rep. Danny Ford, R-Mt. Vernon.
But the 5th district would take in Ashland, which is currently in the northern Kentucky 4th District. The current bill is co-sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo.
“The congressional delegates sent us a plan. What I tried to do yesterday was conform to as much as their wishes as I could, to bring balance to the plan as well,” said Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg.
Lawmakers could also approve new state House and Senate lines. But Friday speaker Stumbo admitted that may not happen until next year.
Stumbo says they are still polling members on what their wishes are.
“People either have to lose areas that they are familiar with or go into areas they are not familiar with. And it’s difficult on our members because districts are much smaller,” said Stumbo.
The Congressional district plan is expected to be voted on in the full House next week, but will certainly face changes in the Republican controlled Senate meaning a conference committee will like come up with the final plan.