High court hears House districts challenge

After about 80 minutes of oral argument Monday afternoon, the seven-judge Missouri Supreme Court — as usual — gave no indication when they might rule on the challenge to proposed new state House districts.

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But they had set aside 30 minutes for the oral arguments in the case, originally filed to get a court order rejecting the 163 House districts drawn last year by a panel of six appeals court judges.

If the high court agrees, Gov. Jay Nixon would have to convene a new citizen’s commission to redraw the district lines.

“This court’s decision ... will decide what the language in (the Missouri Constitution’s) Article 3, Section 2, means and, more importantly whether it means anything at all,” lawyer Paul C. Wilson told the court Monday afternoon.

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