Ky. lawmakers approve congressional redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A congressional redistricting plan has
been approved by the General Assembly a day after an attorney went
to court to ask a judge to take on the issue.

The House voted 58-26 Friday afternoon to approve a plan that
shifts geographic boundaries to balance population changes. The
Senate passed it 29-7 earlier in the day. Gov. Steve Beshear signed
the bill into law.

The plan bolsters the Democrats' hold on the 6th Congressional
District represented by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler. Republican state
Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington called the proposal the "Ben
Chandler Lifetime Employment Act."

The plan also would allow U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to keep some key
GOP counties in the 5th District.

Lexington attorney Scott White said he will now drop the lawsuit
he filed Thursday on behalf of three Lexington residents.

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

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