The state has requested a stay of federal proceedings in the consolidated redistricting cases in part because the districts being challenged will only be in effect this election cycle.
“A stay of these proceedings ensures that the Court will be reviewing the legislation actually used in the next election,” the state argues, citing Article III, Section 28 of the Texas Constitution, which requires the Legislature to redraw districts in the first regular session after the publication of Census data, which occurred after the regular session in 2021. “The statutes the Plaintiffs currently challenge will be defunct before this Court can order effective relief.”
The state also argues that a stay would give the district court “the benefit of the Supreme Court’s forthcoming” ruling on voting rights cases before it. Those cases are scheduled for oral arguments in September.
Suffice it to say, plaintiffs will disagree with the state’s request.
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