UPDATE: Missouri House passes congressional redistricting plan

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 | 8:07 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY— The Missouri House of Representatives has passed a compromise plan to redraw Missouri's congressional districts based on Census 2010.

The 96-55 vote Wednesday night by the House sends the new redistricting plan to the Senate, which must agree in order for the bill to go to Gov. Jay Nixon.

Missouri must consolidate its nine existing congressional districts to eight for the 2012 elections because the state's population failed to keep pace with that of the nation during the past decade.

The Republican-led House and Senate each had previously passed different versions of the redistricting maps. The latest plan is the product of House and Senate negotiations.

Like most previous versions, it consolidates St. Louis into one congressional district — instead of the two districts currently represented by Democrats William Lacy Clay and Russ Carnahan.

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