Lawmakers approve congressional redistricting
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A congressional redistricting plan has been approved by the General Assembly a day after an attorney went to court to ask a judge to take on the issue.
The House voted 58-26 Friday afternoon to approve a plan that shifts geographic boundaries to balance population changes. The Senate passed it 29-7 earlier in the day.
The plan bolsters the Democrats' hold on the 6th Congressional District represented by U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler. Republican state Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr of Lexington called the proposal the "Ben Chandler Lifetime Employment Act."
The plan also would allow U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to keep some key GOP counties in the 5th District.
Lexington attorney Scott White said he will now drop the lawsuit he filed Thursday on behalf of three Lexington residents.
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