The original map had raised constitutional concerns because it divided rural Johnson County in western Missouri among two separate Senate districts. The county is represented in the Senate by Republican David Pearce of Warrensburg.
Two suits were heard jointly Thursday, one from St. Louis-area Democrats and the other from Kansas City-area Republicans. Both stated that the so-called Grand Compromise Map was geared to protect incumbents, and would weaken the political voices of St. Louis and Kansas City. Attorney Gerry Greiman represents the St. Louis area plaintiffs. He says they’ll appeal directly to the State Supreme Court.