Governor wants special session to get redistricting done before 2014

04/30/2013 09:02 AM

Gov. Steve Beshear said Tuesday he’s “hopeful” legislative leaders can agree on new redistricting maps so he can call a five-day special session later this year to end that unfinished business before the General Assembly convenes in January to take up the state’s next budget.

“Redistricting is always controversial and it gets everybody’s temperatures up. And we need to concentrate on our budget and those kind of things in January,” Beshear told Pure Politics at the Kentucky Derby Museum at the AT&T Morning Radio Line event.

He said he will be talking with legislative leaders about a time-frame for the special session. The session would cost taxpayers about $60,000 a day, which is why Beshear said it’s important to keep the special session to five days — the minimum for passing legislation out of both chambers.

Beshear told WFPL’s Kenny Colston earlier this month that he was open to a special session on tax reform and redistricting.

But he told Pure Politics Tuesday morning he didn’t know if he could “get enough agreement on tax reform” to deal with that issue as part of the special session.

Here’s what he said Tuesday:

Last week, a group of Republicans filed a lawsuit in federal court in Covington to force lawmakers to finishing redistricting, as Scott Wartman of the Northern Kentucky Enquirer reported. The issue carried over to this year after the Kentucky Supreme Court threw out House and Senate maps the General Assembly drew in 2012 because each map had an unconstitutionally-drawn district.

House Democratic Floor Leader Rocky Adkins told Pure Politics last week that he supports a special session to pass new maps.

Republican Senate President Robert Stivers said he was less enthusiastic about having to come back for a special session but didn’t completely rule it out.


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