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House Special Committee on Redistricting Approves Congressional Redistricting Map

The legislation that will establish new boundaries for Missouri’s eight congressional districts is one step closer to consideration on the State House floor.

The House Special Committee on Redistricting gave their approval to HB 2117 Wednesday morning during a public hearing in the State Capitol. Committee Chair Dan Shaul and Vice-Chair Hannah Kelly said the map approved by the committee was created with input from legislators representing their constituents, public testimony from citizens across the state of Missouri, and 2020 census data.

In a release Representative Shaul said “The map created in HB 2117 contains compact and contiguous districts as required by our constitution while also keeping communities of interest and like-mindedness together.” Kelly said the bipartisan process used in committee allowed members from both parties to have input on the new district boundaries.

The committee did met again Wednesday afternoon to give time to an alternate map proposed by House Minority Leader Crystal Quade. the committee did not approve that map.

HB 2117 must now receive approval from the House Rules committee before moving to the House floor for discussion. Shaul and Kelly anticipate the bill will be discussed on the floor on Tuesday, January 18.

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