OWENSBORO, KY (2/16/12) - Representative Mike Nemes, R-Louisville (38th District) today filed House Bill 407, which if passed would leave future work on redrawing legislative boundaries for House, Senate and Congressional districts to a non-partisan panel.
“Redistricting has all but shut down any meaningful work in this year’s session, frustrating not only many of us in the General Assembly but the people we represent,” said Rep. Nemes. “We must work toward taking politics as best we can out of the redistricting process. It is my belief the only way we can accomplish it is by placing that responsibility in the hands of an independent board.”
Under Rep. Nemes proposal the Committee on Legislative Redistricting would be created consisting of 12 members, with 3 members each being appointed by the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and by the leadership of the minority parties in the House and Senate. This panel would be responsible for redistricting beginning in 2021. In addition the bill sets out criminal penalties for anyone attempting to influence or bribe a member of the Committee on Legislative Redistricting, which would be a Class A felony punishable by a fine of no less than $500,000.
Rep. Nemes adds his proposals takes portions of measures previously filed by Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown (26th District) and Rep. Bill Farmer, R-Lexington (88th District) for the 2012 Legislative Session.
House Bill 407 was introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives on February 15th.
Information provided by Michael Goins
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