Judge Shepherd puts a hold on filing deadline, sets hearing over district maps for Monday

01/31/2012 01:29 PM

Franklin Circuit Judge Phil Shepherd ruled that the public deserves a “full hearing” on the new state House and Senate district lines and put off the filing deadline until the issue over the maps’ constitutionality is resolved.

Shepherd set a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Monday. And he ordered Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes not to certify any unopposed legislative candidates as a party’s nominee. The candidate filing deadline was supposed to be 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Shepherd said putting off the filing deadline would “create only minor administrative inconvenience.”

Shepherd wrote in his order that both House Republicans and supporters of Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein of Lexington raised legitimate questions about the maps.

They “have made a showing by verified complaint that at least one House District and at least one Senate District exceed the population variance standard set forth by the Kentucky Supreme Court” in a past case from the 1990s brought by Rep. Joe Fischer, R-Fort Thomas.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her office would accept paperwork for state representatives and state senators through Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m.


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