Congressional Redistricting Supreme Court Case

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JEFFERSON CITY - At 9:00 Thursday morning the Missouri Supreme Court will hear a case to change the current Congressional District Lines. Kenneth Pearson and Stan McClatchey have both filed lawsuits saying that the new district lines are unconstitutional.

The suit focuses on the new 3rd district which include Cole, Callaway and Miller Counties along with parts of the Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis Counties and the 5th district based on Kansas City Counties.

The Constitution says the districts should be, "as compact and as nearly equal in population as may be." The lawsuit argues that the new districts are not compact, and will be too large for lawmakers to connect with all the constituents. For example, a Kansas City lawmaker, focusing on urban issues, would not be able to relate to northeastern Missouri rural farmers within the same district.

Missouri changed district lines after the 2010 census saw a population decline. The state now has eight districts, as opposed to the previous nine.