Thayer says he wants to take up legislative redistricting in 2013; New leadership will make it a "collaborative process"

11/28/2012 03:58 PM

Newly-elected Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, said he thinks the 2013 session is the time to try again to pass constitutionally-viable legislative redistricting maps.

Recently House Speaker Greg Stumbo said he is in favor of redrawing the maps in the 2013 session, but leading House Republican Jeff Hoover told the Hearld-Leader ‘s Jack Brammer that he would rather focus on other issues during the 30-day session and put off redistricting to 2014.

Thayer said he believes redistricting should be done ASAP as is the General Assembly’s constitutional duty. And he said several other members believe the same thing. However, the decision to take up re-drawing of the maps would be a collaborative decision by the Republican majority caucus.

“This will be a decision that the caucus will discuss at our retreat next month and then we will decide going forward whether we will try to do redistricting,” Thayer said.

Overall, Thayer said the newly elected leadership will decentralize some of the decision making.

“The best days of the Senate Republican Caucus are yet ahead. We have a strong mandate to lead from the voters of Kentucky who have sent us here,” Thayer said.

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