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Governor Jay Nixon (D) appointed the apportionment commissions which will determine the map for both houses in the General Assembly.

March 18, 2011

Gov. Nixon appoints bi-partisan apportionment commissions to set new boundaries for state House, Senate districts

JEFFERSON CITY – Gov. Jay Nixon today appointed the members of the bi-partisan apportionment commissions that will set new boundaries for the 34 districts in the Missouri Senate and the 163 districts in the Missouri House of Representatives. The Missouri Constitution requires the Governor to appoint the two commissions to reapportion the state’s legislative districts following the national census that occurs every 10 years.

The state committees of the two major political parties each submitted 10 names to Gov. Nixon to consider for appointment to the Senate apportionment commission. From those lists, the Governor selected five members from each of the lists for the commission, for a total of 10 members.

The congressional district committees from the two parties in each of Missouri’s nine congressional districts each submitted two nominees for appointment to the House apportionment commission. The Governor selected one member from each of the committees’ lists, for a total of 18 members.

The Senate apportionment commission members, along with their hometown and political affiliations are:

   * John Borbonus (D – St. Louis)

   * Doug Harpool (D – Springfield)

   * John Maupin (R – St. Louis)

   * Jeff Mazur (D – Ashland)

   * Joe Passanise (R – Springfield)

   * Terry Riley (D – Kansas City)

   * Miles Ross (R – Springfield)

   * Bob Saunders (D – Liberty)

   * Kathy Swan (R – Cape Girardeau)

   * Yancy Williams (R – Columbia)

The House apportionment commission members, along with their congressional district, hometown and political affiliation are:

   * Marlene E. Davis (D – First Congressional District, St. Louis)

   * Thomas Wilsdon (R – First Congressional District, St. Louis)

   * Cheryl Hibbeler (D – Second Congressional District, O’Fallon)

   * Ann Wagner (R – Second Congressional District, Ballwin)

   * David Courtway (R – Third Congressional District, Festus)

   * Jo Ann Karll (D – Third Congressional District, High Ridge)

   * Violet Corbett (R – Fourth Congressional District, Knob Noster)

   * Paula Willmarth (D – Fourth Congressional District, Jefferson City)

   * Chuck Caisley (R – Fifth Congressional District, Kansas City)

   * W. Mitchell Elliott (D – Fifth Congressional District, Kansas City)

   * Trent Skaggs (D – Sixth Congressional District, North Kansas City)

   * James C. Thomas III (R – Sixth Congressional District, Kansas City)

   * Nick Myers (R – Seventh Congressional District, Joplin)

   * Todd Patterson (D – Seventh Congressional District, Joplin)

   * Eddy Justice (R – Eighth Congressional District, Poplar Bluff)

   * Nate Kennedy (D – Eighth Congressional District, Poplar Bluff)

   * Joe Maxwell (D – Ninth Congressional District, Mexico)

   * Cindy O’Laughlin (R – Ninth Congressional District, Shelbina)

Under the Missouri Constitution, the commissions will hold their first meetings in Jefferson City on April 5, 2011.

I would have appointed RBH.

The relevant sections in the Missouri Constitution:

Article III

LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

Section 2

Election of representatives–apportionment commission, appointment, duties, compensation.

Section 2. The house of representatives shall consist of one hundred sixty-three members elected at each general election and apportioned in the following manner: Within sixty days after the population of this state is reported to the President for each decennial census of the United States and, in the event that a reapportionment has been invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, within sixty days after notification by the governor that such a ruling has been made, the congressional district committee of each of the two parties casting the highest vote for governor at the last preceding election shall meet and the members of the committee shall nominate, by a majority vote of the members of the committee present, provided that a majority of the elected members is present, two members of their party, residents in that district, as nominees for reapportionment commissioners. Neither party shall select more than one nominee from any one state legislative district. The congressional committees shall each submit to the governor their list of elected nominees. Within thirty days the governor shall appoint a commission consisting of one name from each list to reapportion the state into one hundred and sixty-three representative districts and to establish the numbers and boundaries of said districts.

If any of the congressional committees fails to submit a list within such time the governor shall appoint a member of his own choice from that district and from the political party of the committee failing to make the appointment.

Members of the commission shall be disqualified from holding office as members of the general assembly for four years following the date of the filing by the commission of its final statement of apportionment.

For the purposes of this article, the term congressional district committee or congressional district refers to the congressional district committee or the congressional district from which a congressman was last elected, or, in the event members of congress from this state have been elected at large, the term congressional district committee refers to those persons who last served as the congressional district committee for those districts from which congressmen were last elected, and the term congressional district refers to those districts from which congressmen were last elected. Any action pursuant to this section by the congressional district committee shall take place only at duly called meetings, shall be recorded in their official minutes and only members present in person shall be permitted to vote.

The commissioners so selected shall on the fifteenth day, excluding Sundays and holidays, after all members have been selected, meet in the capitol building and proceed to organize by electing from their number a chairman, vice chairman and secretary and shall adopt an agenda establishing at least three hearing dates on which hearings open to the public shall be held. A copy of the agenda shall be filed with the clerk of the house of representatives within twenty-four hours after its adoption. Executive meetings may be scheduled and held as often as the commission deems advisable.

The commission shall reapportion the representatives by dividing the population of the state by the number one hundred sixty-three and shall establish each district so that the population of that district shall, as nearly as possible, equal that figure.

Each district shall be composed of contiguous territory as compact as may be.

Not later than five months after the appointment of the commission, the commission shall file with the secretary of state a tentative plan of apportionment and map of the proposed districts and during the ensuing fifteen days shall hold such public hearings as may be necessary to hear objections or testimony of interested persons.

Not later than six months after the appointment of
the commission, the commission shall file with the secretary of state a final statement of the numbers and the boundaries of the districts together with a map of the districts, and no statement shall be valid unless approved by at least seven-tenths of the members.

After the statement is filed members of the house of representatives shall be elected according to such districts until a reapportionment is made as herein provided, except that if the statement is not filed within six months of the time fixed for the appointment of the commission, it shall stand discharged and the house of representatives shall be apportioned by a commission of six members appointed from among the judges of the appellate courts of the state of Missouri by the state supreme court, a majority of whom shall sign and file its apportionment plan and map with the secretary of state within ninety days of the date of the discharge of the apportionment commission. Thereafter members of the house of representatives shall be elected according to such districts until a reapportionment is made as herein provided.

Each member of the commission shall receive as compensation fifteen dollars a day for each day the commission is in session but not more than one thousand dollars, and, in addition, shall be reimbursed for his actual and necessary expenses incurred while serving as a member of the commission.

No reapportionment shall be subject to the referendum.

And for the Senate:

>Article III

LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT

Section 7

Senatorial apportionment commission–number, appointment, duties, compensation.

Section 7. Within sixty days after the population of this state is reported to the President for each decennial census of the United States, and within sixty days after notification by the governor that a reapportionment has been invalidated by a court of competent jurisdiction, the state committee of each of the two political parties casting the highest vote for governor at the last preceding election shall, at a committee meeting duly called, select by a vote of the individual committee members, and thereafter submit to the governor a list of ten persons, and within thirty days thereafter the governor shall appoint a commission of ten members, five from each list, to reapportion the thirty-four senatorial districts and to establish the numbers and boundaries of said districts.

If either of the party committees fails to submit a list within such time the governor shall appoint five members of his own choice from the party of the committee so failing to act.

Members of the commission shall be disqualified from holding office as members of the general assembly for four years following the date of the filing by the commission of its final statement of apportionment.

The commissioners so selected shall on the fifteenth day, excluding Sundays and holidays, after all members have been selected, meet in the capitol building and proceed to organize by electing from their number a chairman, vice chairman and secretary and shall adopt an agenda establishing at least three hearing dates on which hearings open to the public shall be held. A copy of the agenda shall be filed with the secretary of the senate within twenty-four hours after its adoption. Executive meetings may be scheduled and held as often as the commission deems advisable.

The commission shall reapportion the senatorial districts by dividing the population of the state by the number thirty-four and shall establish each district so that the population of that district shall, as nearly as possible, equal that figure; no county lines shall be crossed except when necessary to add sufficient population to a multi-district county or city to complete only one district which lies partly within such multi-district county or city so as to be as nearly equal as practicable in population. Any county with a population in excess of the quotient obtained by dividing the population of the state by the number thirty-four is hereby declared to be a multi-district county.

Not later than five months after the appointment of the commission, the commission shall file with the secretary of state a tentative plan of apportionment and map of the proposed districts and during the ensuing fifteen days shall hold such public hearings as may be necessary to hear objections or testimony of interested persons.

Not later than six months after the appointment of the commission, the commission shall file with the secretary of state a final statement of the numbers and the boundaries of the districts together with a map of the districts, and no statement shall be valid unless approved by at least seven members.

After the statement is filed senators shall be elected according to such districts until a reapportionment is made as herein provided, except that if the statement is not filed within six months of the time fixed for the appointment of the commission, it shall stand discharged and the senate shall be apportioned by a commission of six members appointed from among the judges of the appellate courts of the state of Missouri by the state supreme court, a majority of whom shall sign and file its apportionment plan and map with the secretary of state within ninety days of the date of the discharge of the apportionment commission. Thereafter senators shall be elected according to such districts until a reapportionment is made as herein provided.

Each member of the commission shall receive as compensation fifteen dollars a day for each day the commission is in session, but not more than one thousand dollars, and, in addition, shall be reimbursed for his actual and necessary expenses incurred while serving as a member of the commission.

No reapportionment shall be subject to the referendum.

You think the courts are gonna have to sort this one out? Anyone? Anyone?