Kentucky House panel passes legislative redistricting bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A legislative redistricting bill has cleared a House committee and is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Wednesday.
   
The House State Government Committee voted 25-4 on Tuesday to keep redistricting on the fast track. Legislative leaders are pushing to wrap up redistricting work by Friday. In Kentucky's legislative process, it takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill.
   
Lawmakers are working hurriedly to get done quickly because of pending lawsuits. As three-judge panel is closely watching the Legislature's efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter in the special session.
   
Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.

Earlier story:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky House will try to keep legislative redistricting on a fast track on the second day of a special legislative session.
   
The House State Government Committee is scheduled to take up a redistricting bill Tuesday.
   
House and Senate leaders are hoping to wrap up redistricting work Friday.
   
In Kentucky's legislative process, it takes a minimum of five days to pass a bill. At that pace, the cost for the special session would top $300,000.
   
Lawmakers are being pressed to get done quickly because of pending lawsuits.
   
As a result, the three-judge panel is closely watching the Legislature's efforts and is poised to step in if lawmakers fail to resolve the matter in the special session.
   
Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.

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