Mo. State Senate works to delay filing

Feb 15, 2012

The state Senate is moving quickly to try to postpone Missouri's candidacy filing period because of uncertainties over the state's new legislative districts.

Under Missouri law, the filing period is supposed to run from Feb. 28 through March 27 for candidates wanting to appear on Missouri's August primary ballot for federal and state offices. But because of legal challenges, the boundaries for state Senate, House and congressional districts may not be known by then.

On Wednesday, the state Senate suspended its normal operating rules to give speedy initial approval to a bill that would postpone candidacy filing to a period beginning March 27 and ending April 24. A second Senate vote is expected Thursday to send the bill to the House.