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Hearings set for redrawing state senate districts

Citizens who want to testify about the redrawing of state senate districts may do so today in Kansas City or Tuesday in St. Louis.

Three hearing times were announced in a press release Saturday. The hearings were scheduled to give the public an opportunity to comment on the redrawing of the districts. The first was held Sunday in Jefferson City.

The second public hearing is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. today at  UMKC School of Law building in Kansas City. The third is scheduled at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room 116 of the Wainwright State Office Building, 111 N. 7th St. in St. Louis.

The Senate Reapportionment Commission scheduled the three meetings as part of its effort to resolve the district boundaries before the state candidate filing period for the Aug. 7 elections. That period currently begins Feb. 28 and ends March 27. However, Senate Bill 773, being heard in a House of Representatives committee 3 p.m. in the State Capitol, could postpone the start of filing until March. Under the bill passed by the state senate, the filing period would be moved to March 27 through April 24 for state office candidates. The bill includes an emergency clause so it would go into effect immediately.

The Senate Reapportionment Commission will hold a work session at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Room 1310 of the Jefferson State Office Building in Jefferson City.

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