Missouri Begins Redistricting Efforts

8 years 2 months 3 days ago Friday, January 14 2011 Jan 14, 2011 Friday, January 14, 2011 7:27:52 AM CST January 14, 2011 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the first time since 1980, Missouri's legislators will redraw the state's Congressional districts with one fewer seat. Legislators filed a bill Thursday that establishes eight Missouri congressional districts, which is the state's smallest delegation since 1850.

Missouri officials will wait until more census data is available to draw the new district lines. Already, plans are being discussed to merge Congressional districts in both St. Louis and mid-Missouri to achieve the loss, but these plans have already run into hurdles. With a Republican-controlled legislature and a Democratic governor, most debate will center around which party seats to cut.

The legislature will begin their redistricting efforts later this year, when they receive final data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The final plan must hold up to the scrutiny of the state Supreme Court.

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