State judicial panel to hear redistricting recommendations

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | 7:24 a.m. CDT; updated 9:13 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 12, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri residents are being invited to make suggestions on how to draw new borders for the state's legislative districts.

A commission of six appeals court judges has taken over the redistricting of the state House and Senate, after a bipartisan panel was unable to reach agreement on the new maps earlier this year.

The judicial panel will accept public testimony Thursday at the Kirkpatrick State Office Building in Jefferson City.

The borders of the 163 House and 34 Senate districts are adjusted every 10 years to reflect changes in population.

The 2010 census showed that southwestern Missouri and the outer St. Louis suburbs are among the state's fastest-growing regions. St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis both lost population since 2000.