LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
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,