The Third Called Session of the 87th Texas Legislature convenes at noon tomorrow (Monday). Redistricting and a handful of other items are on Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) proclamation (PDF) calling the session.
Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) pre-filed Senate Bill 4, that chamber’s redistricting bill (See the map in DistrictViewer.). Broadly, the bill appears to strengthen several suburban Republican districts, exchanging precincts that have been moving steadily blue-ward for a decade for more reliable red precincts. For example, SD8 trades Democrat-leaning precincts in southwestern Collin Co. and north central Dallas Co. for considerably more Republican Hunt and Rains Cos. That district is currently held by Sen. Angela Paxton (R-McKinney).
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