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Senate to Vote on Court-Drawn Legislative Districts

Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune
A judge has rejected the Texas Attorney General's latest redistricting proposal, launching another round of discussion and scrutiny.

A plan to use court-drawn political boundaries is on its way to the full Texas Senate.

Today the Senate Committee on Redistricting approved the district boundaries set by a federal court in San Antonio for the 2012 elections.

Committee Chairman Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, says recommendations from the public in recent days at hearings in Austin, Corpus Christi and Houston were not used.

“What was agreed upon today was to pass to the full Senate for its consideration the maps that were agreed to by the litigants and the three-judge federal panel in San Antonio,” Seliger said.

Some groups say they want more representation for minorities. Seliger says he expects legal challenges, but first the full Texas Senate will have a say.

A vote is expected on Friday.

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