Time short for finding a redistricting plan
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the congressional redistricting map that lawmakers approved last week leaves the General Assembly with just 1 1/2 weeks to decide what to do next.
House and Senate negotiators released their “Grand Compromise” proposal for congressional redistricting late Wednesday afternoon, April 27.
The state Constitution requires lawmakers to pass the state’s 2011-12 budget by 6 p.m. Friday and to end all work at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13.
But lawmakers could try to override Nixon’s veto, approving the map over his objections.
State Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, told reporters Monday it’s too early to think about trying to draw a new map.
“I believe that we still have time to deal with overriding the governor’s veto, and I’m confident the House will find the votes to override that veto — so we’ll have the map that we voted out last week,” Mayer said.