No compromise on congressional redistricting has been reached after House and Senate negotiators spent hours at the Capitol.
A conference committee between House and Senate negotiators convened shortly after 7pm Thursday. House negotiators distributed their proposed map, trimming Missouri’s congressional districts from nine to eight. Senate negotiators distributed a map of their own. The two sides seemed entrenched. No one budged as the late evening turned into early morning. Finally, at about 2:30am Friday, Senate conferees returned to the House Lounge and signed a conference committee report. House conferees refused to add their signatures. The Senate adjourned until Tuesday. The House announced negotiations for the day had ended.
The House is still scheduled to re-convene at 10am Friday and it could consider a redistricting bill. It just won’t be a compromise worked out by the conference committee.