Mo. lawmaker proposes alternate redistricting plan
Sunday, April 3, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House Democrat has proposed an alternative to a congressional redistricting map offered by a Republican leader.
The new plan by Ron Casey, of Jefferson County, would consolidate the two St. Louis city districts into one -- as also suggested by Republican John Diehl, head of the House redistricting committee.
But Casey would keep Jefferson County within a single district. Diehl would divide it among three.
Diehl wants to divide up mid-Missouri. Casey would place it all in a new district stretching from Cass County on the Kansas border to Audrain County in the northeast. Two GOP congressional incumbents -- Vicki Hartzler and Blaine Luetkemeyer -- both live within those boundaries.
Casey, who serves on the redistricting panel, offered his plan Friday.
Missouri is losing one of its nine U.S. House seats, requiring a new congressional map.