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POV: Equal Representation a Must for Louisville (6/20/13)

I don't often agree with the ACLU, but I'm about to make an exception.

You see, every decade, states are required to redraw their boundaries to reflect population shifts reported in the current census.  But the latest attempt to do so by Kentucky's legislature was struck down by the state Supreme Court because the new districts weren't properly balanced by population.

That's where the ACLU comes in.  They've filed suit on behalf of Louisville-area residents asking a three-judge panel to redraw the boundaries themselves, contending that the current arrangement seriously underrepresents people in the state's largest urban area.  A similar suit has been filed in Northern Kentucky.

I've often complained about the urban vs. rural divide in Kentucky's legislature. One of our biggest problems is that the best interests of Louisville, Lexington and the Northern Kentucky region – the state's economic engines – already take a back seat to pet projects of our many rural lawmakers far too often.  It's a classic case of the tail wagging the dog, and we certainly can't afford to allow that situation to get even worse.

A special session of the legislature will soon be held to address this issue.  And if our lawmakers can act responsibly and come up with a fair representation plan, those lawsuits will become unnecessary.

But if they don't, then the court should step in and make things right.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.

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