AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has taken up the highly partisan and extremely technical job of drawing voting maps, and the Republican in charge has surprised lawmakers by accepting changes to the 2012 plan.
The Texas Legislature was poised to make permanent the temporary maps drawn by three federal judges in San Antonio. Gov. Rick Perry called for the maps to remain unchanged and until the floor debate on Thursday, Republican Redistricting Chairman Drew Darby had rejected all changes.
Darby accepted three minor adjustments to the House district maps, prompting outrage from Democrats who want more extensive changes. Conservative Republicans also became frustrated because they too wanted lines moved. The debate was expected to last most of Thursday.
Time is running out for lawmakers to pass all of the measures by Monday.