JEFFERSON CITY. Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are hoping the people will do away with a non-partisan state demographer to draw district lines.
legislatures in the House voted on May 13 to send the Clean Missouri amendment back to the people to be voted on this coming November.
If the amendment is voted out, the lines would be drawn by bipartisan commissions in both the House and Senate.
Joan Gentry, with the League of Woman Voters of Southwest Missouri, says lawmakers are trying to overturn the will of the voters.
“We look at it as basically a slap in the face,” said Gentry. “Questioning the intelligence of the over 62% of voters in Missouri who approved Clean Missouri in 2018. With redistricting or fair maps, what that does is provide voters with opportunities to be heard. What’s happening now in the legislature is a last-ditch effort to protect incumbents. I definitely think it was an opportunity to push through legislation because we’re coming up upon May 15 very quickly.”
May 15 is the official last day of the legislative session.
Republicans say they’re doing this to prevent the state demographer from drawing lines that favor Democrats.
KOLR10 reached out to lawmakers in out area that voted for the bill, but none have gotten back to us.