A veteran mid-Missouri state lawmaker is hopeful the House will approve a new congressional redistricting map by early next week.
The proposed new House map splits Columbia into two districts, but it’s difficult to see where the boundary is. State Rep. Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport), who serves on the House Special Committee on Redistricting, has spoken to Committee Chair Dan Shaul (R-Imperial). Basye says the line is along Broadway through Columbia, connecting with I-70.
“He (Chairman Shaul) said that I-70 is the (district) border, but I haven’t seen a really detailed map. But one of the analysts I talked to said that when it gets to Midway it follows along Highway 40 where I live,” Basye says.
Cooper and Moniteau counties would also move to the third district, under the new map.
Representative Basye says House Speaker Rob Vescovo (R-Arnold) is worried about a federal lawsuit that’s been filed by a St. Louis resident.
“I think that’s very appropriate for him to be concerned. I think we’re all concerned about that. If this goes to the courts, it will not be good for the people who think like me,” says Basye, meaning conservative Republicans.
Basye notes House Democrats will propose amendments during House floor debate.