Missouri Senate adopts redistricting map

Central Missouri remains a sticking point

Callaway County remains split between the 4th Congressional District and the proposed new 3rd District in the redistricting map the state Senate adopted late Wednesday afternoon, by a 22-11 vote.

“I know you guys have worked through hell trying to get this map put together,” Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, told Redistricting Committee Chairman Scott Rupp, R-Wentzville, “but we have some real issues in rural Missouri, with the way things are going. ...

“Specifically, Callaway County residents have been calling non-stop, letting me know that they really don’t want to be represented, as a rural county, by two different congressmen.”

Details on where the district lines would cross the county were not available Wednesday.

For years, Callaway County has been part of northeast Missouri’s 9th District, currently served by U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth.

Miller County is in the proposed 3rd District, so Luetkemeyer would continue to represent the eastern part of Callaway County, if he were to win re-election next year.

But the western part of the county would be shifted to the 4th District, now served by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville.

And Boone County, which has been the most populated part of the 9th District for the past 30 years, also is shifted to the 4th District.

Senators on Wednesday adopted the map approved last week by the Senate’s Redistricting Committee.

It is similar to — but different from — the map the House passed and sent to the Senate last week.

Senators debated the House-passed version Tuesday, with several lawmakers threatening to filibuster or defeat the House plan.

As in any other proposed law, passing two different versions of a bill could result in a conference committee where five senators and five representatives seek a compromise both chambers can agree on.

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