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Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) speaks on the Senate floor in Jefferson City on April 27, 2021 (file photo courtesy of Harrison Sweazea at Senate Communications)

Rowden is hopeful about new Missouri congressional redistricting map

Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden on the Senate floor in Jefferson City on January 26, 2022 (file photo courtesy of Harrison Sweazea at Senate Communications)

While Missouri is the only state in the nation that hasn’t approved a new congressional redistricting map, there is hope there can be a path forward in Jefferson City.

Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia) says House and Senate leadership met last week. Rowden spoke to 939 the Eagle at Friday night’s Lincoln Days event.

“You know you may see a new bill either come from the (Missouri) Senate over to the House or vice versa just to create another vehicle to try to do something. You know, going to conference is kind of questionable at this point,” Rowden says.

The House voted 131-17 on March 31 to request a conference committee with the Senate over the map issue. The Senate map splits Columbia and Boone County into two congressional districts.

“The Senate had a bill, the House bill was the one that came over. The Senate had a bill as well, and so we could get access to that anytime and pick it up and pass it in the Senate, send it over to the House. Obviously, they’d be able to amend it and kind of make the changes that they want to make to be able to get it back out. So we’re looking at potentially doing that,” says Rowden.

Two of the biggest complaints of Missouri House members in both parties is that the Senate map splits Columbia and Boone County and southwest Missouri’s Marshfield.

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