UPDATE: Missouri House approves new congressional districts

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 | 5:17 p.m. CDT; updated 9:49 a.m. CDT, Thursday, April 7, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has approved a new map of the state's congressional districts.

Missouri is losing one of its nine seats in the U.S. House because of population changes, and the legislature is in charge of drawing the new eight-district map.

The Republican-led House took an unusual step Wednesday by giving the map initial and final approval on the same day.

The map merges two congressional districts covering parts of the city of St. Louis into a single district. Both districts currently are represented by Democrats.

The House rejected three alternatives proposed by Democrats on Wednesday.

House members voted 106-53 to send the map to the Senate, which was preparing to debate its own, similar proposal.

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