Closing arguments were heard today (Thursday) in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.
Debate centered around whether the so-called Grand Compromise Map passed by lawmakers last year meets the State Supreme Court’s definition of compactness. Gerry Greiman represents the plaintiffs. He argued that the map’s 5th District, which lumps Kansas City together with three rural counties, fails that test.
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.
Another legal challenge over Missouri's redistricting process seeks to block new districts for the 163-member state House.
In a lawsuit filed Monday, more than a dozen people, including two former lawmakers, say a new House district map violates requirements that districts be compact, contiguous and have similar populations. The plaintiffs are asking the Supreme Court to consider the case without it going before a trial court.
A panel of appellate judges drew up the map of new districts for the Missouri House after the 2010 census.