Missouri’s governor says the new congressional redistricting map he signed on Wednesday meets our constitutional requirements.
Governor Mike Parson (R) notes the map maintains the 6-2 GOP majority. He also says that under the new map, district populations are equally proportional and district boundaries are contiguous. Those are the two key conditions required by the state Constitution.
The new map splits Columbia and Boone County into two districts. It’s taken effect, because the bill contained an emergency clause. The new map will be used for this year’s midterm elections.
Governor Parson also expresses frustration with a few lawmakers in his own party, saying that “a few individuals’ political posturing obstructed key pieces of priority legislation.” He’s apparently referring to the Senate Conservative Caucus.