Appeals court asked to take redistricting case

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Court of Appeals has been
asked to reinstate recently enacted legislative district lines
after a judge found that they don't meet constitutional muster.

The Legislative Research Commission on Monday told the appellate
court that Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd overstepped his
authority in throwing out the new lines and ordering lawmakers to
run in existing districts.

Unhappy with the outcome of the redistricting battle, House
Republicans filed suit in January challenging the constitutionality
of the new boundaries. A Senate Democrat displaced in the
redistricting process joined the lawsuit, which contends that the
new districts could have been better balanced by population and
redrawn in such a way that fewer counties would have been split
among districts.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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