Senate Holds First Hearing on Redistricting

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Minority advocates and lawmakers have blasted the process by which Texas is considering adopting new political maps, calling it discriminatory against Hispanics and African Americans.

The Texas Senate Redistricting Committee held its first public hearing on Thursday to consider adopting maps drawn by a federal court in San Antonio. But minority groups complained the maps did not go far enough to guarantee they could elect state representatives, senators or congress member of their choice.

The Republican committee chairman Kel Seliger of Amarillo promised a public and transparent process, but Democrats questioned how that was possible since Gov. Rick Perry called a special session only to adopt the federal courts maps. Seliger could not answer whether or not any attempts to modify the court-drawn maps would be allowed.

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