House Proposes New District Map After Late Night Conference

8 years 1 month 19 hours ago Friday, April 22 2011 Apr 22, 2011 Friday, April 22, 2011 1:55:00 PM CDT April 22, 2011 in News
By: John Henry

After only a few hours of sleep, House legislators were back in Jefferson City to propose a new congressional district map.

Lawmakers came up with the new map after hours of negotiations between the House and the Senate.  Those talks, which started Thursday, lasted into early Friday morning.

The new map focuses on counties surrounding St. Louis.  It proposes District 2 reach farther west into Warren county.  Warren is one of ten counties in the state that could have its voting population split between two or more districts.

For now, the new map proposal will wait in the House.  The state Senate will not be back in Jefferson City until Tuesday.

In a press release, Sen. Scott Rupp of Wentzville said the Senate will work to create a map that best reflects the interests of Missourians.

"We must remember we are elected to represent the people of Missouri and not their Congressmen and women," Rupp said.

However, the debate over district lines has led to tension in the capitol.

Rep. Paul Fitzwater of Washington County said he drove two hours from his district to make this morning's meeting.

He said the House has done its share to pass a proposal.

"It's very important to get it done as quickly as possible because we don't this to linger on.  We want to get it approved and get it to the Governor and see if he can approve it," Fitzwater said.

The General Assembly has until May 13 to adopt a new map.  Rupp said if the issue is not revolved it would go to the courts.

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