Special session...redistricting redux
POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 5:51pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 12:46pm
The legislature has finished its regular session, but they’re not done yet.
The Governor has called a special session to deal with an issue that should have been handled 2 years ago.
It’s a word we all wish would go away.
Mostly because we lost track of where we stand a year ago.
But it’s back…redistricting.
Like a punchdrunk fighter lurching back to the center of the ring, our Texas legislature will try to take on the carving of new congressional and legislative districts.
Every 10 years, we conduct a population census.
And every 10 years, state legislatures are supposed to refigure electoral districts to reflect population growth or loss.
In Texas, we gained, but it was largely Hispanic, and according to the Voting Rights Act, they are supposed to get new districts.
The ones drawn by the Legislature didn't pass muster with the federal courts, and the whole magilla went before the US Supreme Court.
So Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying we should go with the map drawn by the Federal Courts in San Antonio and Washington, because defending the current map looks iffy.
It’s a matter of take what you can get.
These districts, by the way, were the ones we used in the 2012 election cycle.
Senator Kevin Eltife says that is what will happen, and it should take no more than a couple of weeks.