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Travis County Stays Divided in Senate Redistricting Map

Sen. Kel Seliger gets new senate map through 2nd reading.
Photo Courtesy The Texas Tribune
Sen. Kel Seliger gets new senate map through 2nd reading.

The Senate has given initial approval of a Senate redistricting map. The debate yielded little change to the committee substitute to SB 31. The only amendment adopted would make a small change to Travis County.

Democrats had expressed outrage when the Senate Redistricting Committee released a map that divided Travis County into 4 different districts, up from the 2 current,Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) and Sen. Wentworth (R-San Antonio). But there wasn't an amendment offered today to change that configuration. The one change made brought ABIA back into Watson's district. But Sen. Judith Zaffirini(D-Laredo) and Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) remain new additions to Travis County.

The Senate delayed voting on the new House map while the Senators caucused over what I assume (Wild Guess Alert) is a problem with negotiations on the state budget (since Senate budget writer Steve Ogden called for the delay).

The Senate Redistricting Committee plans to take up a Congressional map Thursday morning.

Ben Philpott is the Managing Editor for KUT. Got a tip? Email him at bphilpott@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @BenPhilpottKUT.