The Senate passed its redistricting plan on a 20-11 vote. The plan would likely increase the Republican majority by one seat to 19-12 by adding all of part of seven rural and exurban counties to SD10, which is currently contained completely within Tarrant Co. Sens. Chuy Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) and Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) voted in favor, and Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) voted against the plan.
The Senate Redistricting Committee approved a new congressional map on a 9-6 party-line vote. It now goes to the full Senate.
The House Redistricting Committee heard public testimony on the House map. All but a few of the people signed up to testify were opposed to the plan. At press time, the committee was standing at ease prior to considering more than three dozen amendments.
HD133 open: Former Houston council member Bert Keller announced he would run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Murphy (R-Houston) as a Republican.
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