Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo says an appeal is likely in the ongoing court battle over redistricting. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd declared new district maps unconstitutional Tuesday. Stumbo says he’d like to take the ruling to the state Supreme Court. The only question is whether the Legislative Research Commission or House leadership will… Continue reading Stumbo Says Lawmakers Will Appeal Redistricting Ruling
A Franklin Circuit Court judge has thrown out new legislative district maps, saying they violate the basic principles of the Kentucky Constitution. Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling is based on the so-called “five percent rule.” It says new districts must be within five percent of their ideal size. Shepherd added that the maps of both the… Continue reading Franklin Circuit Judge Finds Redistricting Maps Unconstitutional
A Kentucky judge is taking more time to decide the future of the state’s new legislative district maps. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd heard four hours of testimony Monday on whether the plan that redraws state House and Senate districts are constitutional. Most of the arguments cited past redistricting lawsuits. One of the biggest… Continue reading Judge Could Make Final Decision on Redistricting Tuesday
A Franklin Circuit Court judge has pushed back the filing deadline for state legislative candidates. In response to a lawsuit claiming the new redistricting maps are unconstitutional, Judge Phillip Shepherd issued a restraining order moving the deadline back one week. Shepherd also set a hearing on the constitutionality argument for Monday morning. Secretary of State Alison… Continue reading Judge Delays Legislative Filing Deadline
Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Friday that the state’s procedure for executing an inmate by lethal injection allows only a three-drug cocktail, even though state law permits a one-drug option.
On September 3rd, merit and non-merit state employees will take the first of six furlough days ordered by Gov. Beshear to save $24 million. Kenneth King, of the Campbell Regional Juvenile Detention Center, fears the furloughs will pose serious safety issues for the already understaffed facility.