Sen. Thayer lays out redistricting process, responds to congressman who wants to make suggestions

03/16/2011 07:22 AM

With new data on the way to start the redistricting process, state Sen. Damon Thayer of Georgetown, said he expects state lawmakers to agree on new district lines over the next 10 months but might have to bump back the candidate fling deadline.

Thayer also responded to U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth of Louisville, who said earlier on Pure Politics that the Kentucky congressional delegation will make suggestions to the General Assembly about the new congressional ines.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that Kentucky will receive its detailed population data with a batch of states this week. It had not been released as of Wednesday morning.

Thayer laid out the process and said lawmakers might have to bump back the candidate filing deadline —which usually falls on the last Tuesday in January — to give the General Assembly enough time to approve the new district lines.

“That is a possibility because you have to have districts drawn so people know what district they’re running in when they file,” Thayer said.

Thayer said he expected lawmakers to start with existing districts and tailor them from there.

“There’s a lot of conjecture about what districts might do what, and it’s really too soon to speculate because we don’t have the numbers down to the precinct level,” Thayer said.

Thayer took issue with Yarmuth’s description of how the members of Congress could suggest changes to the congressional district lines.

- Ryan Alessi


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