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By Jack Brammer
FRANKFORT — The state House is expected to act this week on the controversial issue of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and congressional districts.
House State Government Committee chairman Mike Cherry, D-Princeton, said Monday that his panel was scheduled to take up legislation to redraw boundaries for the 100 state House districts on Wednesday.
He also said the full House might vote Tuesday on a congressional redistricting plan in House Bill 2 that emerged from his committee last week.
Cherry would not offer any details of the leadership’s plan to redraw the boundaries of the state House districts.
Some House members already have expressed concern that their district boundaries will be changed dramatically.
The state legislature is redrawing districts this year to adjust for population changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. Census.
The biggest fight between the state Democratic-controlled House and the Republican-led Senate on redistricting is expected to be over the boundaries for Kentucky’s six congressional districts.
The two chambers traditionally accept each other’s plans to redraw their own state legislative districts.
House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said last week that the redrawing of state legislative district boundaries could wait until 2013 if House members couldn’t reach a consensus on redrawing their own boundaries.
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Monday that the Senate might wait on presenting its redistricting plans until it receives legislation from the House.
“It would be a practice in futility for us if they don’t want to do redistricting this year,” Williams said.
Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, said he hoped the legislature could deal with congressional and legislative redistricting this year.