Williams, Stumbo order payment of legal fees

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate President David Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo have ordered payment of some $19,000 in legal fees incurred during this year's court battle over legislative redistricting.

The redistricting issue made its way to the Kentucky Supreme Court, which ruled earlier this year that the newly drawn legislative districts were unconstitutional because their populations were out of balance.

That means lawmakers have to tackle the contentious issue again in next year's legislative session.

Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population changes found in the U.S. Census count. The latest count found that the state's overall population had shifted and grown from 4 million to 4.3 million between 2000 and 2010, requiring new legislative district boundaries.

Lawmakers had been divided on using tax dollars to pay the legal fees.

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