The two maps passed both chambers last Friday on bi-partisan margins, by a vote of 35-2 in the Senate and 79-18 in the House.
There were still some issues which prompted debate during the special session. One Senate district has a population 6.75 percent below the ideal. Previous court rulings have said districts should not deviate from the ideal size by more than plus or minus 5 percent.
Stivers, however, said the map is constitutionally defensible because that deviation made it possible to avoid dividing counties, precincts or pitting incumbents together.
House Republicans complained the House map “packs” Republican districts by exceeding the ideal size but falling just below the 5 percent deviation. And Republicans and affected Democrats alike criticized the carving up of Laurel and Hardin counties.