JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group of state senators deviated from the agenda Wednesday to highlight their disappointment with the new congressional map for Missouri.
Members of the Conservatives held on to the Senate for hours because the map of six Republicans, two Democrats (which was taken out of the House last week) was not what they wanted, saying they were ready. willing to stand his ground for as long as necessary.
“My phone blew up in my office because it was supported 7 [Republican]-first [Democrat] or strong number 6 [Republican]-2 [Democrat] map,” said Senator Rick Brattin (R-Harrisonville) Wednesday on the floor. “It’s going to have ramifications over the next decade in this state.”
Meetings were canceled and the Senate floor cleared for much of the morning and early afternoon, except for those who struggled to redraw the lines.
“How does this affect the tone of future trading?,” said Senator Bob Onder (R-Lake St. Louis). “Don’t worry about it, guys, we’re talking about the future of our country.
The only senators on the floor the longest were members of the Conservatives, including Senator Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg), Senator Mike Moon (R-Ash Grove) and Senator Bill Eigel (R-Ash Grove). R-Weldon Spring) .
“I am very optimistic that we will come to some sort of solution,” Eigel said. “I’m not sure it’s a solution everyone will be happy with, nor am I sure it will solve all the different problems that every member of this body has, but, we are working very hard.”
Eigel said just before 1 p.m. to expect a “solution” in the coming hours. Two hours later, the Senate adjourned without an answer.
The map of 6 Republicans – 2 Democrats was approved in a Senate hearing on Tuesday by a vote of 9-5. Three Republicans joined two Democrats in voting against the map, concerned that after the November election, Republicans could lose a seat.
“I feel like people with new information with a new revelation of what we can do, come out and then yesterday got a hearing,” Brattin said.
Former Democrats said they also plan to fight for changes.
“I want a number 5 [Republican] – 3 [Democrat] Honestly, I mean the 5-3 map is more representative of the state of Missouri and where we are,” said Senate Minority Leader John Rizzo, D-Independence.
In the House, members failed to pass an emergency provision that went into effect as soon as the governor signed it, compared with waiting until the end of August when the primaries were closed. This may affect your vote. During the committee hearing, Sen. Chairman Mike Bernskoetter (City of R-Jefferson) proposed an emergency provision to the Senate, which also passed May 9. If passed before the full Senate, it will return to the House of Representatives for another vote.
Census data shows the state’s population has grown to 6,154,913, meaning each of the eight congressional districts needs an additional 20,000 people. Both District 1 and District 8 lost people, while District 7 gained more residents, meaning the lines had to be redrawn.
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