The Missouri House passed their preferred redistricting plan Wednesday, and one local representative is speaking out. Members voted mostly along party lines and with limited debate to pass a map that would lump three rural counties in with Kansas City’s district. The Republican-led effort in the House resulted in a 106-53 vote approving the proposal, but the affirmative votes would not be enough to override a gubernatorial veto. In an effort to keep like counties together, Representative Joe Aull of Marshall offered an amendment to move Ray, Lafayette, and Saline counties from the fifth to the sixth congressional district. Click to hear Representative Aull:
The Senate has drafted its own map, which differs slightly from the House’s version. The final map requires approval by both branches, in addition to the governor’s signature.