The two state Senators who represent the bulk of St. Louis city are continuing to express concerns about a proposed state legislative district map that splits the city into a northern and southern half.
The city is currently divided along a line that travels roughly along Grand Avenue. That, says Democratic state Senator Robin Wright-Jones, makes both the districts very diverse.
The proposed map, she says, resets 40 years of battling racial divisions.
A screen capture of the proposed redistricting map from the Illinois House of Representatives via Google Maps. (See a link to the full map in the story below). This map passed through a Ill. House committee today.
Credit (Illinois House of Representatives via Google Earth)
(l-r) State Senator Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville) and State Rep. John Diehl (R, Town and Country) during a redistricting meeting last month. None of the House or Senate redistricting committee members have so far announced any plans to run for Congress.
Credit (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
This is the map that was eventually passed by the Missouri House and Senate, vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D), and then enacted into state law when both chambers overrode the governor's veto.
Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is not commenting yet on whether he intends to sign or veto the congressional redistricting map passed this week by the Republican-led Missouri House and Senate.
When asked by reporters in St. Louis, Nixon replied that he’s been too busy dealing with natural disasters to spend any time on the map that reduces Missouri’s congressional districts from nine down to eight.