Senate passes bill to change redistricting process

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has approved a proposal that would allow voters to change a constitutional requirement regarding redistricting.

The bill by Majority Leader Robert Stivers, a Manchester Republican, passed the Senate 27-11, mostly along party lines, although Senate President David Williams, a Burkesville Republican, insisted that it wasn't a partisan issue.

Stivers said the amendment is needed because it is impossible to comply with Section 33 of the Kentucky Constitution, which requires the legislature to divide the minimum number of counties necessary to achieve districts equal in population.

The proposal changes that to require that each county must have as many wholly contained legislative districts as its population can support before any division of the county can occur in redistricting.

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