Texas State Senate Moves Towards Independent Redistricting Commission

The State Senate of Texas recently approved a bill that would change redistricting in the state, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.  The bill would put the process in the hands of an independent commission made up of four Democrats and four Republicans with a deadlock breaker potentially appointed by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Texas was the location of the extremely contentious redistricting battle in 2003 involving Tom Delay and members of the Texas Legislature fleeing to Oklahoma. Considering that situation, Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said this about the bill:

“Nearly anything would be an improvement over the current system,”

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