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New House Bill Could Merge Kentucky Counties

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Graphic courtesy Ralph Davis, EKB Graphic courtesy Ralph Davis, EKB

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) -  House Bill 243,  sponsored by Republican state Rep. Toby Herald, of Beattyville, would change Kentucky's political landscape in the most literal way.

The bill would consolidate 100 counties into 34. Larger counties, such as Fayette, Jefferson, Warren and Pike, would remain unchanged.

The counties could be renamed and local governments would consolidate.

A similar bill, HB 242 would also reduce the number of Kentucky's county and independent school districts. Boyd County would retain its own school district despite merging with Martin and Lawrence in HB 243.

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