Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Senate redistricting plan would dissolve Carnahan's seat

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWS) - A Senate Committee unanimously passed a redistricting plan Monday as Missouri anticipates the loss of one Congressional seat.

Under the new plan, all of Missouri's districts will grow in population.

The committee's chair Senator Scott Rupp says the loss of a congressional seat will cause some districts to grow more than others.

"Every single district had to gain population due to the loss of the congressional seat. Now, some districts had to gain far more population. For example, the city of St. Louis in the first district had to gain a hundred and sixty one thousand people," Rupp said.

The House has also proposed a plan that would account for the lost seat, following the 2010 census. Both the House and Senate plans would combine the two districts in St. Louis City into one, a seat that is currently held by Democrat Russ Carnahan.

The Senate committee's plan will now be brought before the Senate.

Kadee Brosseau, Missouri Digital News


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