Redistricting Panels Meet
“I hope the redistricting commissioners can step back from their party and try to focus on a fair, civil and transparent process that serves the people of Missouri,” LWVMO President Marilyn McLeod said after attending the House Redistricting Commission meeting on Aug. 10. “We are pleased that both commissions agreed to hold six public hearings this fall.”
The House Commission scheduled public hearings Oct. 18 in Springfield, Oct. 19 in Kansas City, and Oct. 21 in St. Louis, Nov. 4 in Jefferson City, Nov. 9 in Cape Girardeau, and Nov. 10 in Kirksville. The Senate Commission plans just three public hearings: Oct. 16 in St. Louis, Oct. 18 in Springfield, and Oct. 19 in Kansas City.
The League is asking for transparency in the process of drawing new House and Senate district maps. Click here or on the People Powered Maps image at right to see the list of commissioners.
The commissions have until Dec. 23 to submit a tentative plan for both chambers with the Secretary of State’s Office and will then have until Jan. 23 to finalize their work. If the bipartisan panels cannot reach an agreement, it goes to a judicial panel.
McLeod explained the redistricting process recently on the “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” program. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/z0958wB6NNA. Click here for LWVMO’s position or here for an explanation of the difference between redistricting and gerrymandering from the ACLU.