SECOND REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR
HOUSE BILL NO. 988
92ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Reported from the Committee on Elections March 11, 2004, with recommendation that the House Committee Substitute for House
Bill No. 988 Do Pass.
STEPHEN S. DAVIS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 115.607, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to county
political party committee representation.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 115.607, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu
thereof, to be known as section 115.607, to read as follows:
115.607. 1. No person shall be elected or shall serve as a member of a county committee
who is not, for one year next before the person's election, both a registered voter of and a resident
of the county and the committee district from which the person is elected if such district shall
have been so long established, and if not, then of the district or districts from which the same
shall have been taken. Except as provided in subsections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of this section, the
membership of a county committee of each established political party shall consist of a man and
a woman elected from each township or ward in the county.
2. In each county of the first classification containing the major portion of a city which
has over three hundred thousand inhabitants, two members of the committee, a man and a
woman, shall be elected from each ward in the city. Any township entirely contained in the city
shall have no additional representation on the county committee. The election authority for the
county shall, not later than six months after the decennial census has been reported to the
President of the United States, divide the most populous township outside the city into eight
subdistricts of contiguous and compact territory and as nearly equal in population as practicable.
The subdistricts shall be numbered from one upward consecutively, which numbers shall, insofar
as practicable, be retained upon reapportionment. Two members of the county committee, a man
and a woman, shall be elected from each such subdistrict. Six members of the committee,
three men and three women, shall be elected from the second and third most populous
townships outside the city. Four members of the committee, two men and two women, shall
be elected from [each] the other [township] townships outside the city.
3. In any city which has over three hundred thousand inhabitants, the major portion of
which is located in a county with a charter form of government, for the portion of the city located
within such county and notwithstanding section 82.110, RSMo, it shall be the duty of the
election authority, not later than six months after the decennial census has been reported to the
President of the United States, to divide such cities into not less than twenty-four nor more than
twenty-five wards after each decennial census. Wards shall be so divided that the number of
inhabitants in any ward shall not exceed any other ward of the city and within the same county,
by more than five percent, measured by the number of the inhabitants determined at the
preceding decennial census.
4. In each county of the first classification containing a portion, but not the major
portion, of a city which has over three hundred thousand inhabitants, ten members of the
committee, five men and five women, shall be elected from the district of each state
representative wholly contained in the county in the following manner: Within six months after
each legislative reapportionment, the election authority shall divide each legislative district
wholly contained in the county into five committee districts of contiguous territory as compact
and as nearly equal in population as may be; two members of the committee, a man and a
woman, shall be elected from each committee district. The election authority shall divide the
area of the county located within legislative districts not wholly contained in the county into
similar committee districts; two members of the committee, a man and a woman, shall be elected
from each committee district.
5. In each city not situated in a county, two members of the committee, a man and a
woman, shall be elected from each ward.
6. In all counties with a charter form of government and a population of over nine
hundred thousand inhabitants, the county committee persons shall be elected from each
township. Within ninety days after August 28, 2002, and within six months after each decennial
census has been reported to the President of the United States, the election authority shall divide
the county into twenty-eight compact and contiguous townships containing populations as nearly
equal in population to each other as is practical.
7. If any election authority has failed to adopt a reapportionment plan by the deadline set
forth in this section, the county commission, sitting as a reapportionment commission, shall
within sixty days after the deadline, adopt a reapportionment plan. Changes of township, ward,
or precinct lines shall not affect the terms of office of incumbent party committee members
elected from districts as constituted at the time of their election.