Lawmakers reach tentative agreement on congressional redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - House and Senate lawmakers have a
tentative agreement on a congressional redistricting plan that
appears to have broken a nearly month-long impasse.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo said the plan is expected to pass the
legislature in coming days.
The once-a-decade chore of redrawing congressional districts has
been slow in coming for the Republican-controlled Senate and
Democratic-dominated House.
Always a hot issue, redistricting occurs every 10 years to
account for population changes reported in the U.S. Census. The
latest count found that the state's overall population grew from 4
million to 4.3 million from 2000 to 2010. Populations of rural
areas in eastern and western Kentucky declined sharply while urban
centers grew.
Lawmakers have to pass a plan that puts an equal number of
people in each of the state's districts.

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