Conservative senators and their allies rallied in the Capitol Monday ahead of what is expected to be a contentious redistricting debate in the upper chamber.
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President Pro Tem Dave Schatz said he’s "optimistic" that senators will be able to work out any remaining issues with the map this week and be prepared to debate on the floor Monday.
"The idea that a simple majority of voters could pass an amendment to the Missouri Constitution is preposterous."
Lyndall Fraker, who oversees Missouri's medical marijuana program, said nearly 7,000 people work in the field in the state.
"Why are we not using every tool at our disposal to send more Republicans to Washington?"
It was an unusual move for the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting to vote out the bills right after hearing testimony.
The House's proposed congressional redistricting map passed out of the lower chamber in an 86-67 vote earlier this week.
There are eight GOP incumbent House members whose seats are drawn together under the new map.
The House third read and passed the redistricting bill — with the only changes being made in committee — in an 86-67 vote.