Watchdog Group Calls for Redistricting Commission

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — With court fights and political battles raging over legislative redistricting, Common Cause Kentucky is calling again for lawmakers to create a nonpartisan commission to handle the always divisive chore.

Richard Beliles, chairman of the government watchdog group, said he believes lawmakers have grown tired of the bickering over redistricting and may finally be ready to consider creating a commission.

The Legislature has been working on legislative redistricting for the past two years but still hasn't resolved the issue, which has spilled over into the court system.

Gov. Steve Beshear said he plans to call lawmakers into special legislative session sometime this year to resolve the matter.

Redistricting is required to be done every 10 years to account for population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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