House signs off on new legislative district lines for both chambers

01/19/2012 09:40 AM

Kentucky’s state House gave final approval for the new Senate and House lines that realigned the districts according to nearly equal populations but drew several incumbents from the political minorities in each chamber out of jobs.

Rep. Kelly Flood, D-Lexington, denounced the Senate map for moving Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein out of a Lexington seat and into a northeastern Kentucky district. That move also leaves that Lexington district represented by Democratic Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson for the next two years until that seat comes up for election again.

She called it “deplorable” and “underhanded.”

Last week, the House — including Flood — voted for a House map that drew eight sitting Republicans into districts with each other.

Flood changed her vote to “no” Friday and called both chambers’ maps the result of “obvious partisan leanings.”

Rep. Jeff Hoover, the House Republican leader, told Flood “welcome to our world.”

“Is it really fair what happened in this chamber last Thursday? Is it really fair what happened in the Senate?” Hoover asked in a floor speech just before the House voted. “It’s not right. It’s not fair … It’s a mistake.”

Still, the House voted to approve the maps 58-39.

Flood and Rep. David Watkins of Henderson voted with most Republicans against the measure. Three Republicans voted with most Democrats for it: Reps. Kevin Bratcher of Louisville, Tim Couch of Hyden and Jim Stewart of Flat Lick.

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