FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) — A pair of Senate committees pushed ahead on a set of bills concerning redistricting maps.
The Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary met Thursday morning to consider SB 20 which would change how redistricting challenges are made in court. It would repeal the statute creating a three-judge panel to oversee such cases, instead moving them to the circuit courts where the litigation was filed.
Sen. Stiver’s said the bill had come under scrutiny by “scholars and jurists” that the three-judge panel could conflict with the Kentucky constitution.
“I don’t think it does, but there are others that do think it does conflict with that, so out of abundant precaution, I don’t want- me personally and I don’t think this institution – wants the issue to be ‘is the process constitutional’ before you ever get to the substantive issue of constitutionality,” Stivers said to the committee.
SB25 passed out of committee with an 8-0 vote.
The Senate Standing Committee on State and Local Government also met Thursday to consider HB 172, which would push back the filing deadline of Jan. 7 to Jan. 25 for candidates in the upcoming May primary elections.
The bill already passed in the House chamber on Wednesday.
The bill was introduced due to the possibility of conflict with some legislators’ district boundaries changing following the passage of new redistricting maps, which Kentucky House and Senate leaders have suggested will pass their respective chambers this weekend.
HB 172 passed out of committee unanimously.