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Hurdles loom, but KY lawmakers hope for special session on redistricting before year’s end

Kentucky Republican lawmakers are hopeful that a special session of the General Assembly can be held by year’s end to redraw the boundaries of the state’s legislative and congressional districts. But there are several hurdles to overcome for that to happen: the session would have to be called by Gov. Beshear, who may be reluctant if the maps are too damaging to Dems; legislators' calendars are filling up; and the holidays are coming. (Herald-Leader)

Democratic minority whip Sen. Dennis Parrett announces retirement

After 10 years in the state Senate, Democratic Minority Whip Dennis Parrett has announced he will not seek another term in office. Parrett (D-Elizabethtown) told his local newspaper that health problems and the want to “slow down” are his main reasons for not seeking a fourth term in office. The 62-year old’s announcement is not a surprise to many around Frankfort, and puts another district in play in 2022 as candidates begin to file and Republicans continue to draw new legislative districts to account for population shifts. (KY Fried Politics)

GOP attorney announces campaign against Judge Shepherd

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd will have a contested race in 2022 for the judgeship he has held since 2006. Joe Bilby, the lead attorney for Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and the Department of Agriculture, has announced a campaign for the Franklin Circuit Court. (KY Fried Politics)

GOP leaders mull education spending ahead of 2022

With a record-breaking surplus on the books, Kentucky Republican state lawmakers are cautiously eyeing money for public education. Speaking at the Kentucky Education Summit Monday, House speaker Pro Tempore David Meade and Senate President Pro Tempore David Givens said 2022 may be the year they tackle the spending increases they envisioned before the pandemic. (WFPL)

Kentucky Supreme Court says jails can’t charge fees to inmates who weren’t convicted

The Clark County Detention Center violated the law by charging a man $4,008 for his 14-month incarceration after all charges were dropped and he was set free, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday. Potentially at stake in the high court’s decision are some of the millions of dollars in fees collected by Kentucky jails from their prisoners. (Herald-Leader)

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