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Local legislators say they’re willing to accept the Missouri House and Senate district maps that result from the federal census-driven redistricting effort, which occurs every 10 years to take into account regional population variances.

But whatever results come, they’re hoping to know sooner, rather than later.

Missouri is trying out a new constitutional amendment voters approved last year. Missouri’s House and Senate districts are being drawn by two, 20-person commissions made up of 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The process has been open to public comment across the state, and one group has even held a contest for proposed maps, with almost $20,000 as a prize for the best designs — and 65 entries have been received.

Mike Henderson, R-117th District, of Desloge, said, like everyone else who’s keenly interested in the district draw-up, he’s heard the rumors of how the maps could change, “but no one knows right now.”

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