UPDATE: Governor Signs Legislative Redistricting Bill

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A $300,000 special session has come to a close as Governor Steve Beshear signs the legislative redistricting bill. The house and senate gave their final approval in a show of bipartisan support this morning.

The new plan in the house pits four incumbent democrats and four incumbent republicans against each other next fall. It also creates four open seats in the house.

The new plan places Representative C.B. Embry of Morgantown in the same district as Representative Jim DeCesare of Rockfield. Embry says if the bill stands, he plans to seek a different office.

A legislative redistricting bill lacking any overt attempts at partisan one-upmanship has received final passage and now heads to Gov. Steve Beshear to be signed into law.

The House voted 79-18 on Friday, minutes after the Senate passed it 35-2.

Lawmakers completed the task in only five days, the minimum necessary to get a bill through Kentucky's legislative process.

The Senate voted 35-2 on Friday morning, a reflection of broad bipartisan support for the measure.

Redistricting is undertaken every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the Census Bureau.

Kentucky had major population shifts between 2000 and 2010, requiring reconfiguration of legislative districts in both the House and Senate to comply with the federal and state "one person, one vote" mandate.

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