Texas Senators Stake Ground in Congressional Map Battle
On Tuesday, Texas Republicans urged 11 Democratic Senators to return to Austin from Albuquerque, New Mexico to work on a fair redistricting plan. The Texas House also approved a G-O-P sponsored congressional redistricting bill. That plan now goes to the Senate, which lacks a quorum during this second special legislative session.
Democrats blocked a Senate vote on redistricting in the first special session because of rule requiring two-thirds of the 31-member chamber to agree to bring a bill up for debate. Eleven Democrats and one Republican opposed consideration. This time around, Republican Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is arranging the order of bills so that the two-thirds rule isn't needed for debate.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Martin Frost of Arlington said Republicans have chosen to totally ignore the public on the redistricting issue.