Panel Proposes New Senate Redistricting Plan
JEFFERSON CITY - The six-judge Appellate Apportionment Commission filed new Senate district lines Friday, a move addressing constitutional concerns over a divided rural western Missouri county.
Originally, the Senate lines had cleaved Johnson County into two seperate districts--the new plan will bring those sections, currently represented by Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg, together.
In a statement, the Commission said a majority of its members "opted to revise the plan upon further consideration of a constitutional provision regarding multi-district counties."
The new plan has an overall difference in population of 7.79 percent between its biggest and smallest districts.
The new map replaces a plan originally passed by the Commission on Nov. 30.