Senate ready to change congressional map that the House passed 54-42 Tuesday

01/10/2012 03:11 PM

FRANKFORT — Republican senators uncapped their magic markers to re-edit the congressional map that the House passed 54-42 on Tuesday afternoon.

Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, chairs the Senate’s state government committee and said that panel is prepared to change the House version.

Thayer has said he doesn’t like the map that House Democrats suggested because it significantly alters the current congressional districts. (View the Pure Politics analysis of proposed maps.)

Meanwhile, the timing for the state House and Senate districts remains less clear. House Democratic leaders said Monday they hoped to take up the House map at 10 a.m. Wednesday during the House state government committee.

The Senate Republican majority will unveil its suggested Senate districts after the House acts, Thayer said.

Lawmakers had hoped to finish redistricting of the state legislative, congressional and judicial districts within the first two weeks of the session to get the controversial and political process behind them early — and to leave prospective candidates enough time to consider running before the Jan. 31 candidate filing deadline.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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