Single Legislative Body in Kentucky?


Forty-nine states do it one way — with two legislative entities (named the House and Senate in all cases, I’m presuming). Nebraska is the exception, with a single lawmaking body. Could Kentucky be the second to go that route? A state political leader said he is "intrigued" by the idea.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported the following:

About half of the world’s sovereign states are unicameral, including the most populous — the People’s Republic of China — and the least populous — Vatican City.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, said unicameralism is touted for saving money and working better in representation because it breaks the state down into equal districts with smaller constituencies — possibly 138 districts in Kentucky.

"This idea that there needs to be some overriding force to keep things in check, maybe as a country we have outgrown that," said Stumbo.

He said his staff has researched the issue and that such a move would require a change in the state Constitution approved by the legislature and Kentucky voters.

"I don’t know if the people of Kentucky would be interested in something like that or not, but I think it’s worth some debate at least," Stumbo said. "I’m intrigued by it. I don’t know if I’m for it, but it’s interesting."

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