Last week, the respective chairmen of the Missouri House Special Committee on Redistricting and the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting jointly released their proposed map changes for the congressional district of Missouri. The card, which is being treated as a bill, was filed as HB 2117 by Representative Dan Shaul, R-Imperial.
“This is a fair and constitutional card with common sense boundaries that everyday Missourians can recognize,” said Senator Mike Bernskoetter, R-Jefferson City, chairman of the Special Senate Committee on Redistribution. “This map, which must be adopted by both the House and the Senate, is also drawn to obtain the greatest possible consensus. My counterpart in the House and I chose to make this joint announcement to underline the great care taken in developing a map that we believed could survive legislative, judicial and public scrutiny. “
According to the press release, “The card proposed by Congress balances several required criteria, including compliance with the Missouri and United States constitutions as well as voting rights law. The districts of the map are compact, contiguous and equal in population. Districts adhere to the “one person, one voice” doctrine and have preserved as much as possible the nuclei of each existing congressional district. “
Shaul, chairman of the House Special Committee on Redistribution, said: “The task of creating this congressional district map required balancing the legislative process while maintaining compactness, contiguity, population equality and the preservation of the fundamental identities of the existing districts. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to deliver HB 2117 to Governor Parson for signature without delay.
The congressional and state legislative districts are redrawn every 10 years at the end of the census. The congressional districts of Missouri are drawn by state legislators and the state legislative districts are drawn by independent, bipartisan citizens’ committees. The 2021 redistribution process has been compressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and technical delays from the US Census Bureau.