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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senator wants to require new districts for the state Legislature to be developed during open meetings. The proposal comes in response to concerns raised about the secretive redistricting process used this year by a panel of appeals court judges.

State Senator Jason Crowell has proposed a constitutional amendment that would require commissions responsible for redistricting to comply with Missouri’s public meetings and records law, commonly referred to as the Sunshine Law. He said redistricting is fundamental to the democratic process, and new boundaries for state legislative seats should not be drawn behind closed doors.

The Cape Girardeau Senator’s proposal will be considered by colleagues when the annual legislative session begins in January.

State legislative districts are redrawn each decade based on population changes recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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