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Gov. Andy Beshear vetoed two bills Wednesday that redistrict Kentucky's congressional and state House seats, saying they both are "unconstitutional political gerrymandering."
House Bill 2 redistricted that chamber's maps, while Senate Bill 3 altered the boundaries of Kentucky's six U.S. House seats.
Republicans are expected to quickly override the vetoes later this week, where they hold a dominant supermajority in each chamber.
In his veto statement for HB 2, the governor said the Republican-drafted bill that passed without the vote of Democrats "prevents some communities from having their voices heard in Frankfort."
"This redistricting plan appears designed to deprive certain communities of representation," Beshear wrote. "In particular, it excessively splits counties, including Fayette, Boone, Hardin, and Campbell, and carves up other counties such as Jefferson and Warren for partisan reasons, contrary to the Kentucky Constitution."
Beshear added that according to demographic data released by House Republicans after HB 2 passed, "this plan appears to dilute the voices of certain minority communities."
In his veto statement for SB 3, the governor wrote it was drafted without public input, adding that "those who drafted it in secret were trying to hide" the nature of its political gerrymander.
"Most egregiously, it re-draws the First Congressional District to wind across hundreds of miles, from Franklin County to Fulton County," Beshear wrote. "Under this map, someone driving from Lexington to Louisville would cross five of the state's congressional districts, but it would take over four hours to get from one side of the First District to the other."
Republican House Speaker David Osborne issued a statement expressing his disappointment with the HB 2 veto, saying Beshear "is wrong on the facts, wrong on the law, and he knows it."
"By issuing this veto, the Governor is showing that at best he is poorly informed, and at worst it is blatant political posturing," Osborne stated. "We will use our legislative authority to override this veto.”
Osborne added that HB 2 "meets all legal considerations" by splitting no precincts, dividing the fewest number of counties and preserving "communities of interest" — with "the added benefit of significantly increasing minority representation."
Senate Republican leadership did not immediately react to Beshear's veto of SB 3.
Beshear signed two other redistricting bills earlier this week — changing the Kentucky Supreme Court's districts and the legal process for redistricting challenges — but still has until midnight Thursday to make a decision on Senate Bill 2, which redistricts that chamber.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Andy Beshear vetoes redistricting bills for Kentucky House, Congress