JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri House committee has approved new borders for the state's congressional districts.
State lawmakers must draw a new U.S. House map with eight districts instead of nine.
The House proposal consolidates St. Louis city's two districts into one and splits nearby Jefferson County among three districts. Central Missouri would be split and most of the state's northern tier would fall into one congressional district. A Senate committee has approved a similar proposed congressional map.
One House Democrat voted against the House map. The Senate measure was approved without dissent.
Two separate state commissions also started work Tuesday on drawing boundaries for the 163 state House districts and 34 state Senate districts. The commissions elected leaders and planned public hearings for Jefferson City, Springfield, Kansas City and St. Louis.
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