POSTED: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 6:09pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 12:06pm
AUSTIN — East Texas may soon lose some political clout in the Texas house - and it's all because of redistricting.
State Representative Leo Berman from Tyler says it's because of a major population decrease in East Texas.
But he says the worst thing that could come of this is losing one East Texas seat.
2 East Texas representatives, Dan Flynn and Erwin Cain may have to duke it out because of combining districts.
But State Representative Chuck Hopson from Jacksonville says his district is about 16,000 short.
And if the current plan is changed - he may have to duke it out
"One of the amendments they have - and the map just came out for that - has me in Cherokee, Anderson, Leon, Madison and Brazos...that's not my favorite one...and it also has me paired with Marva Beck who lives in Leon County," Hopson said.
According to the political website "The Quorum Report," members will have until Monday to submit amendments to the current plan.
The new district lines will be voted on next Wednesday.