The state senate is fast-tracking a bill to move candidate filing dates back a month. Senator Mike Parson of Bolivar says there isn’t enough time for a citizens commission to draw new maps of senate districts and have them ready by the regular opening of filing on February 28th. He’d push the opening of filing back to March 27th.
Other redistricting maps remain in the courts. The state supreme court hears a challenge to congressional districts tomorrow. The districts for House of Representatives remain under court challenge.
The Senate is likely to send the bill to the House next week. Parson says the House probably will have to suspend some of its rules to pass the bill next week.