Missouri senators OK new redistricting proposal

Jefferson City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Republican-led Missouri Senate on Monday passed a proposal to once again ask voters to change the state’s redistricting rules.

Less than two years after voters approved a new redistricting plan, senators voted 22-9 in favor of another constitutional amendment to change how state House and Senate districts are drawn. Only one Republican, Sen. Lincoln Hough of Springfield, joined Democrats in opposing the measure.

If approved by the GOP-led House, the proposal will go before voters this year.

Voters in 2018 passed a constitutional amendment that made “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness” the top criteria for drawing state House and Senate districts. The Senate plan would lower those to the least important factors.

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