Redistricting hearing in Houston addresses court-drawn voting maps


A state Senate committee was in the Bayou City on Saturday to hear local residents' opinions on how district lines should be drawn in Texas.

Lawmakers are making stops throughout Texas to hear what voters have to say on the matter. The local redistricting field hearing was held at University of Houston.

These statewide public hearings come while lawmakers in Austin continue to debate redistricting.

The Texas Legislature drew new maps in 2011, but federal judges in San Antonio found the maps discriminatory, saying they deliberately lessened the influence of minority voters. The court drew alternate maps, which were used for the most recent elections.

Governor Rick Perry called a special session in order for lawmakers to deal with the court-mandated maps after they decided not to address redistricting during the regular session.

While some in Austin are leaning toward endorsing the boundaries, others argue the current maps contain some of the same discriminatory features as the maps created by the legislature.

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