Top GOP Officials Meeting on Mo. Redistricting
JEFERSON CITY (AP) - Many of Missouri's top Republicans from the state and U.S. capitols are meeting in Jefferson City to try to settle a stalemate over how to redraw Missouri's
U.S. House members Todd Akin, Jo Ann Emerson and Blaine Luetkemeyer all were seen entering the Missouri Republican Party headquarters on Monday. Akin said they were there to meet about redistricting. Also present were House Speaker Steven Tilley, Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer and several other state lawmakers. At least one other Congress member was expected to participate by phone.
The House and Senate have each passed different versions of a plan to reduce Missouri's nine congressional districts to eight based on the results of the 2010 Census. Republicans are hoping to agree on a final version soon.