The Missouri Senate has approved what is described as a budget saving plan to reduce the size of the House of Representatives. On a 21-12 vote on Thursday, the passed a bill to put a proposal on next year’s ballot to slash the House from it’s current 163 members down to 103. State Senator Brad Lager of Savannah was one of the 12 who opposed it; he says the plan would give more representation to the urban areas, at the expense of rural areas.
Lager says its tough enough for a rural state representative to cover their current districts, but imagine if those districts were even larger.
If approved by the house and by the voters, it would take effect after the 2020 census. A House committee has already turned down a similar proposal during this legislative session.