Bill imposes duties on Missouri redistricting demographer

Bill imposes duties on Missouri redistricting demographer
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved new requirements for a state demographer responsible for drawing state House and Senate districts under a voter-approved constitutional amendment.

The bill given final approval Thursday by the House would create an online site for the demographer to receive suggested maps and comments from the public. Those materials all would be open to the public.

The legislation also would bar the demographer from receiving gifts and require him or her to file a statement of personal financial interested as other state officials must do.

The measure previously passed the Senate and now goes to Gov. Mike Parson.

Voters last November approved an amendment directing a state demographer to draw state legislative maps after 2020 census with “partisan fairness” and “competitiveness” among the top criteria.