Kentucky Senate passes plan for judicial redistricting

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky Senate has passed a proposed constitutional amendment calling for a review of circuit and district court boundaries every decade.

The measure passed the Senate on a 26-12 vote Thursday, sending it to the House. The proposal will go before the state’s voters if it clears the legislature.

Republican Sen. John Schickel, the bill’s lead sponsor, says the state’s judicial districts have not been adjusted in decades.

Under the proposal, the state Supreme Court would submit a plan every 10 years to redraw circuit and district court lines if they’re significantly unbalanced due to population or caseload changes.

Opponents included Republican Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard. He said the review could reduce the number of judges in his area of eastern Kentucky at a time when crime is up.