Senate Committee Passes Redistricting Bill - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/23/03

Senate Committee Passes Redistricting Bill

On Wednesday, a Texas Senate committee adopted a map of new congressional districts that could give the GOP an advantage over Democrats in Washington.

The Senate Jurisprudence Committee approved the measure 4 to 3 on a party line vote. GOP Senator Todd Staples of Palestine says the map he offered today is fair and balanced, but Democrats say most of the people who testified at public hearings didn't want lawmakers to take up redistricting.

Take a look at the current district map.
Take a look at the proposed district map.

Staples' map appears as though it could give Texas Republicans as many as 22 seats in Congress, compared to 10 seats for Democrats. Democrats now have a 17 to 15 majority.

Eleven Senate Democrats and one Republican are opposed to taking up redistricting, which is enough to kill the bill. GOP Governor Rick Perry is expected to call a second special legislative session if no plan is approved this time around.

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