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September 12, 2013

Letters RE redistricting and Laurel County


CNHI

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

Sen. Robinson’s remarks regarding the House redistricting plan

 

To the editor:

I am appalled by the recent actions and remarks of my legislative colleague, Senator Albert Robinson of London.

Senator Robinson was critical on the floor of the Kentucky Senate of five State Representatives who represent Laurel County in the Kentucky General Assembly.  Senator Robinson’s remarks regarding redistricting maps were purely political in nature, and unfortunate. 

The five legislators who represent Laurel County in the Kentucky House of Representatives recognize fully that Laurel County, not unlike Pulaski County, must be divided into multiple legislative districts to meet the legal requirements mandated by Kentucky Supreme Court.  To state otherwise is simply wrong.  Senator Robinson complains about the House redistricting map but yet he, in fact voted to split Laurel County into five legislative House districts.

Laurel County is very fortunate to have Representatives Marie Rader, Tommy Turner, Tim Couch, Jim Stewart, and Regina Bunch to represent their interests in the Kentucky General Assembly.  I encourage Senator Robinson to work with them rather than pursuing his own personal political agenda…only then can the people of Laurel County truly benefit.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hoover,

House Republican Floor Leader,

Kentucky House of Representatives, Frankfort, Ky.

 

 

Rep. Jeff Hoover didn’t speak up for Laurel County

 

To the editor:

House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover knows the House and Senate rules regarding redistricting.  He knows the House redistricts the House and the Senate redistricts the Senate.

The Senate receives the House plan without change and amends its with their Senate plan… then it goes back to the House and is accepted without change and is then sent to the governor for his signature.

He knows a senator cannot introduce a House bill dealing with redistricting and, if a senator does file a bill dealing with House redistricting, the Senate cannot vote on the measure.

According to the Constitution, Laurel County is entitled to one resident representative. The federal guidelines would require it to have portions included with three other districts outside Laurel County, but it would still have one resident representative.

Since the first of this year, I tried to work with both the majority party and the minority party, offering to show them that Laurel County could have one resident representative that was constitutional and followed all federal guidelines.

Both parties rejected my offer of assistance and split Laurel County five ways, making it impossible to ever elect a resident representative.

Rep. Hoover stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and called by name how awful it was to split other counties.  He never mentioned Laurel County.  He even introduced his own version of redistricting that split Laurel County five ways, a bill that did Laurel County the same damage as the bill that was proposed by the Democrats.  I think it is shameful and inexcusable.

Out of the 100 representatives not one stood up and spoke on behalf of Laurel County.  Four of the five voted to split us.

Rep. Hoover stated it was a legal requirement by the Kentucky Supreme Court.  This is absolutely not true.

Since I could get neither party to support Laurel County with it constitutionally-mandated resident representative, I filed SB2.  The Senate could not vote the bill. I spoke on the Senate floor so that it would show the world and the court that Laurel County could have a resident representative.  Two of my three speeches were from prepared statements and are on my Facebook page.

It might be easy to figure out why the Democrats would choose to split us, knowing the new representative would be a Republican, but why would the Republican Leadership do this to Laurel County?

I again ask House Republican Leader Jeff Hoover, ‘Why?’

Sen. Albert Robinson,

London, Ky.