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Missouri Senate lingers on redistricting

Missouri Senate lingers on redistricting

April 13th, 2011 in News

The House-passed Congressional Redistricting plan ran into trouble in the Missouri Senate on Tuesday morning and, after nearly two hours of debate, was set aside for another time without ever getting a vote.

Nevertheless, Senate floor leader Tom Dempsey, R-St. Charles, expects to resume the debate on the House version this afternoon - with the possibility of proposed amendments.

"We'll strictly be working on the House bill," Dempsey told reporters. "I know people continue to talk about the maps."

Questions Tuesday focused on three main issues: Adding Lafayette, Ray and Saline counties to the Kansas City-based 5th Congressional District; splitting Polk County in southwest Missouri between two districts; and the effects of expanding the Cape Girardeau-based 8th District into Jefferson County.