Missouri Gov. Mike Parson approved the proposed boundaries for Missouri's eight congressional districts on Wednesday by signing HB 2909, according to a press release.
According to the press release, HB 2909 “maintains the current partisan split in Missouri's congressional districts, six Republican leaning districts and two Democratic leaning districts.” Parson said in the release that during this past session “a few individuals” hindered important legislation and that they promoted “inefficient and ineffective government” via political posturing. Parson also noted a loss of time and productivity.
“It's unfortunate so much time and productivity were lost just to receive a map with the same partisan split that was proposed six months ago. These past months could have been better used by county clerks implementing a new map and preparing for upcoming elections.”
The map meets the requirements of the Missouri Constitution. “Under the congressional district map, district populations are equally proportional and district boundaries are contiguous,” according to the press release. The release also highlights an emergency clause and the future use of the boundaries.
“HB 2909 contains an emergency clause and went into effect immediately upon Governor Parson's signature. The boundaries created by the law will be used for the 2022 midterm elections to determine Missouri's Congressional Delegation for the 118th Congress of the United States.”
More details on HB 2909 are online. The congressional map can be found online too.