Frustration over new Missouri Senate districts has blocked efforts to delay candidate filing. The House voted Thursday to delay filing, but the measure did not reach a vote in the Senate. Representative Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, said they voted to change the Senate’s proposed candidate filing period. Click to hear Lair:
A redistricting commission endorsed a new map for the 34-seat Senate chamber early Thursday morning, but the tentative plan cannot gain final approval until after a 15-day public comment period. Senator Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, said it is chaotic in Jefferson City. Click to hear Stouffer:
Stouffer added that the 21st District came out relatively unscathed. Click to hear Stouffer:
The Missouri Supreme Court will hear arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the redrawn map of Missouri’s 163 state House districts. Lair said the House maps are not constitutional, but he doesn’t expect the districts to change. Click to hear Lair:
The bipartisan panel met for more than 13 hours. The tentative Senate map isn’t final and will be submitted to the secretary of state’s office. Lawmakers have considered pushing back the filing period to buy additional time while legislative districts are finalized.