Gov. Nixon vetoes Missouri's congressional redistricting map

Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 4:16 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a congressional redistricting map and is urging lawmakers to come back with a new proposal within two weeks.

Nixon rejected the map Saturday and urged lawmakers to develop a plan that is a "better representation for all regions of the state." The legislative session ends May 13.

Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer said Saturday the map approved by the Republican-led legislature is "fair and equitable." He says he would plan to attempt to override the governor's veto but has not discussed it with other senators since Nixon rejected the map.

A veto override requires a two-thirds vote and would start in the House.

The map vetoed by Nixon essentially eliminated the district of Democratic U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan. Carnahan praised Nixon's veto and called the proposal a "partisan gerrymander."

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