Governor Steve Beshear has signed a legislative redistricting plan into law despite concerns about its fairness to two Democratic state senators.
Beshear, a Democrat, took the action Friday afternoon.
Beshear criticized Senate Republicans for redrawing Senate district boundaries in a way that shifted Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein's district out of Lexington into northeastern Kentucky where she would represent a largely rural area that includes the cities of Maysville and Vanceburg. He also criticized the Senate Republicans for moving Democratic Sen. Dorsey Ridley's district some 200 miles from Henderson to Lexington.
But with the Jan. 31st filing deadline quickly approaching, Beshear said he felt that he needed to sign the bill so that potential candidates will know which district they're in.