Texas Redistricting Battle on Hold - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/25/03

Texas Redistricting Battle on Hold

The ongoing redistricting battle has reached an end for now. On Friday Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst declared congressional redistricting dead in this Legislative session.

The issue won't be debated or voted on by the full senate before this special session ends. But Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst says sooner or later a new map will get approved.

NewsChannel 11 talked to two of our local representatives to get their take on this first special session.

"We didn't have the votes to bring it up, so in essence redistricting in this session is dead," said Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said.

"Our area rejected to the redistrict in large numbers. They did not want anything done and this means we haven't done anything. Our district is satisfied with the way the district currently sit," said State Representative Delwin Jones.

State Representative Delwin Jones and State Senator Robert Duncan, say this has been a tough battle with strong opinions.

"We've worked real hard to try to come up with a fair plan and I think that process could continue if the Governor tries to call another special session," said Senator Robert Duncan.

Twelve Senators opposed the bill, keeping it from being brought up for debate. According to Senator Duncan the talk around the legislature is that Governor Perry will call a second special session.

"We anticipated today what is happening the Lt. Governor calling the redistricting dead, we knew that it would probably not survive this session. The Lt. Governor however told us as much that the Governor will have his map and he will have a redistricting session," says Lubbock Chamber of Commerce President Eddie McBride.

McBride, says the recent map would spread our district to far and take away from West Texas needs. "I think what'll end up happening is there will be an approved senate map eventually potentially that will go to the conference committee and if they can duke it out I would be very surprised," said McBride.

Word on a second special session is still to come but representatives did say aside from redistricting a lot was accomplished in this special session.

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