JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are advancing a proposal to undo the redistricting process enacted by voters in November.
House members voted 100-49 Tuesday to give initial approval to a new plan to redraw legislative districts.
Voters last year passed the "Clean Missouri" constitutional amendment. That measure created a new position of nonpartisan demographer to draft state House and Senate maps after the 2020 Census with a goal of achieving "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness."
The House proposal would instead have bipartisan panels redraw districts, as was done previously. It would make "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness" secondary to other factors, such as districts being compact and not disenfranchising minority voters.
The measure needs another House vote to go to the Senate. If passed by the Legislature, the measure would be subject to voter approval.