Lawmakers move to postpone congressional deadline

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lawmakers are working to postpone
Tuesday's congressional election filing deadline for a week, a move
that has become necessary because the House and Senate have been
unable to agree on a redistricting plan.
The Senate voted 25-0 on Friday to set a new deadline of Feb. 7.
The House is expected to vote on the new deadline Monday.
Sen. Damon Thayer said negotiators need additional time to work
out a congressional redistricting plan.
The House and Senate have differing plans for redrawing lines
around the state's six congressional districts.
Redistricting occurs every 10 years to account for population
changes reported in the U.S. Census. The latest count showed a
population decline in rural areas, forcing redistricting to ensure
that the state's congressmen represent an equal number of people.

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