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Missouri Sen. Brian Williams still optimistic about session, despite redistricting delay

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Senator Brian Williams, D-St. Louis, speaks during a press conference after the senate was adjourned on the final day of the session at the Missouri State Capitol Building on Friday, May 14, 2021, in Jefferson City.
Daniel Shular
Special to St. Louis Public Radio
Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, photographed in May 2021, joined the show to talk about the state of the Missouri Senate, which recently spent an entire week discussing congressional redistricting without agreeing to a map.

As the Senate has paused discussions on how to draw Missouri’s congressional districts, Sen. Brian Williams, D-University City, said he was willing to debate as long as it takes to ensure the state has a fair map.

On the latest episode of Politically Speaking, Williams spoke on the hours of debate the Senate has already spent on redistricting, as well as what map he would like to see.

Here are some of the things Williams mentioned on the show:

  • His optimism about accomplishing things in the Senate this year, despite a slow start and the lingering tensions in the chamber.
  • The defeat of a bill in a Senate committee that would have loosened the state’s gun laws in instances of self-defense. Williams called the bill offensive and insulting.
  • The House passage of a supplemental budget bill that includes raises for state employees, though not everyone would qualify for the new $15-an-hour minimum wage. Williams agrees with Gov. Mike Parson’s proposal that would have established a $15 baseline for all.
  • His opinion on the constitutional amendment the House recently advanced that would raise the number of signatures needed in the initiative petition process.

Voters first elected Williams to serve in the Missouri Senate in 2018. He represents the 14th District. It encompasses parts of St. Louis County, including University City, Ferguson, Normandy, Bridgeton and Hazelwood.

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Sarah Kellogg has been the Missouri Statehouse and politics reporter for St. Louis Public Radio since 2021.

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