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Missouri senator calls for open redistricting meetings

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 | 7:42 a.m. CST; updated 9:25 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 31, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY — A Missouri senator said the committee in charge of redrawing the state's legislative districts should open its meetings and records to the public.

Republican Jason Crowell, of Cape Girardeau, testified before a Senate panel Monday for a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution subjecting state apportionment commissions to the state's open meeting laws.

New districts for the House were developed by a panel of appeals court judges last year after a bipartisan commission deadlocked. The House map is being challenged by a group claiming the districts aren't sufficiently compact and have unequal populations. The group also alleges a violation of the open meeting law.

If approved by the full Senate and House, Crowell's proposed amendment would go on a statewide ballot.


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