Gov. Beshear to Set Date for Special Session in Week

By Associated Press | 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear and legislative leaders could set a date for a special session within the next week to resolve the lingering issue of redistricting.

Beshear had what he described as "a very productive meeting" Monday afternoon with Republican Senate President Robert Stivers and Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and said they're now working on a date for calling lawmakers back to Frankfort.

Each decade, lawmakers are required to draw new legislative district boundaries to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau. Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring changes in boundary lines to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.

Two federal lawsuits have been filed in recent weeks to speed up the process in Kentucky.

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