JEFFERSON CITY — A judge plans to hear a challenge this week to a new map of Missouri's 163 House districts.
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce has scheduled a hearing Friday on a lawsuit claiming the map violates requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact. The lawsuit also alleges open meetings violations by a judicial commission that drew the map after a citizens' commission deadlocked.
The Missouri Supreme Court declined to strike down the new map but allowed it to be challenged in a trial court. The high court has instructed the trial judge to act quickly.
Legislative districts are being adjusted for changes in the population since the 2000 census.