Opponents of new Missouri House districts are taking their legal challenge to a trial court after being turned down by the state Supreme Court.
A lawsuit challenging state House districts was filed Friday in Cole County. Its filing was expected after the state high court on Thursday declined a request to strike down the House map but permitted the case to be filed in a trial court.
The plaintiffs contend the new map violates requirements that districts have similar populations and be contiguous and compact.
The lawsuit filed Friday adds a new claim, asserting the appellate judges who developed the map violated Missouri's open meetings law by not providing notice of meetings and holding discussions in private.
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