The House approved an amended Senate Bill 6 by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), on a nearly party-line, 79-56 vote yesterday (Saturday). Reps. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) and Oscar Longoria (D-Mission) voted with Republicans for final passage. Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) voted with the Democrats against final passage.
Notably, the House adopted an amendment from Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) that realigned CD18 closer to its current configuration than in the Senate-passed map, unpairing U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston) and Al Green (D-Houston). Doing so paired Jackson Lee with U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Houston). The House also included more of Bexar Co. into CD35, which runs from Travis Co. to Bexar Co. via a slender corridor east of Interstate 35 in Comal and Hays Cos.
The Senate promptly rejected the House amendments and appointed a conference committee chaired by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston), the bill’s author. Sens. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Robert Nichols (R-Nacogdoches) and Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) were appointed to the committee. House conferees were Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), the House sponsor, as chair and Reps. Jacey Jetton (R-Richmond), Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), J.M.Lozano (R-Kingsville) and Thompson as members.
Just before press time, the conference committee report was filed in the Senate. The report package was not yet available online.
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