Congressional Redistricting Bill Signed By Governor Perry - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/13/03

Congressional Redistricting Bill Signed By Governor Perry

Republican Governor Rick Perry signed a Congressional Redistricting Bill, Monday night, designed to put more Republicans in the Texas Congressional Delegation.

The new map becomes effective in 90 days. President Bush said Monday that all redistricting disputes in Texas have been divisive. He says he's glad the issue is over and that lawmakers need to move on.

Republicans have said that under the map they could gain as many as six additional seats in Texas' 32-member Congressional Delegation that is ruled 17 to 15 by Democrats. Democrats said the map would add seven Republicans. The six-month redistricting effort ignited bitter partisan fighting that resulted in two Democratic walkouts and a deep divide in the Texas Legislature.

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