Progress on redistrcting map stalls in Missouri Senate

With two days left in the legislative session, the Missouri Senate is not any closer to approving a congressional redistricting map.

The Missouri House approved another redistricting map and sent it to the Senate Monday.  The map is likely to maintain the status quo of the state having six Republican districts and two Democratic ones.  It splits up the city of Columbia and strengthens the GOP advantage in the second district.

The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting was scheduled to take up the map Wednesday.  Instead, state Senator Bill Eigel filibustered a healthcare bill on the floor of the Senate for more than two hours.

The House also strayed from its schedule Wednesday, delaying discussion of an education bill.  Instead, the House took up a Senate bill dealing with public safety.  Over 100 amendments were added to the bill, including one to allow firearms on public transportation. 

The legislative session ends at 6:00 p.m. Friday.