The HL Editorial Board says the 2012 General Assembly “set a new standard for unproductive mediocrity,” with the redistricting fight at the center of the dysfunction. After an overview of some of the smarter legislative bills to address the issue, they turn their eyes to Senate Bill 18, the Constitutional Disenfranchisement Amendment:
[It] would also bestow a constitutional seal of approval on the most egregious examples of gerrymandering in the plans tossed out by the Supreme Court.
Want to pair non-contiguous counties in a single district by connecting them with a narrow strip of land not much wider than a road right-of-way running through the counties separating them, as House Democrats did to the detriment of House Republicans? SB 18 would make that a constitutional right.
Want to kick Lexington Democratic Sen. Kathy Stein, a thorn in the side of Republican Senate President David Williams, out of office for at least a couple of years by switching district numbers, thus barring her from running for re-election this year, as Senate Republicans did? That, too, would be a constitutional right under SB 18.