Tilley criticizes Senate over redistricting map

Friday, April 22, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri House Speaker Stephen Tilley, R-Perryville, criticized Senate leadership Friday over the two chambers' inability to agree on a new redistricting map.

"For lack of a better word, I don't think we've seen the kind of leadership from the Senate that we'd like to have," said Tilley. Tilley says his staff is looking into state statutes to see if there is still time to pass a new map before the General Assembly loses the ability to override a governor's veto.

The Missouri House Friday accepted a new version of a congressional redistricting map and adjourned until Tuesday. House Redistricting Committee Chair John Diehl, R-Town and Country, said the map adopted by the House and attached to a Senate bill is the latest attempt to compromise with the State Senate on a map redrawing congressional district borders.

Diehl says it shows the House's willingness to negotiate with the Senate. Negotiations on a new map broke off early Friday morning when Senate conferees submitted their chamber's map, and adjourned for the weekend.

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