Perry calls special session on redistricting

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry is calling the Texas Legislature to meet in special session to address redistricting, the process of redrawing voting maps.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said he heard from Perry just moments after the regular session of the 83rd Legislature ended.

A panel of federal judges drew the political maps used for the 2012 election because minority groups challenged in court the ones drawn in the state Legislature, claiming they were discriminatory.

Since then, a three-judge panel in Washington has ruled that the maps drawn by the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2011 discriminate against minorities. The judges threw the House, Senate and Congressional district maps out.

A San Antonio court is now considering drawing new maps. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wants the Legislature to formally adopt the current maps.

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