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Mo. lawmakers seek records from judicial panel

Thursday, December 22, 2011 | 3:40 p.m. CST; updated 6:09 p.m. CST, Thursday, January 26, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri House leaders from both parties want to examine records from a panel of state appeals court judges that drew new legislative districts based on the 2010 Census.

The judicial panel was given the responsibility after two bipartisan citizen commissions deadlocked on new boundaries for House and Senate districts. The panel accepted public testimony at a hearing in October, then met and deliberated behind closed doors.

Critics of the new maps have raised questions about how they were developed.

House Majority Leader Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City, are seeking all records from the panel. Items they've requested under Missouri's open records law include emails sent among the judges and staff members and outside parties.

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