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Texas Senate Approve Disputed Voter Maps

 
Texas Senate Approve Disputed Voter Maps
Posted Saturday, June 15th 2013 @ 9am  by The Associated Press

The Texas Senate has made permanent the temporary political maps drawn by a three-judge federal court in San Antonio.

Governor Rick Perry called the Legislature into special session last month to make permanent the temporary redistricting plan drawn last year by a federal court in San Antonio. The court drew the maps after minority groups successfully argued that maps drawn by lawmakers intentionally discriminated against them.

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The Senate unanimously adopted the court-drawn state Senate districts, which were acceptable to minority groups. But votes on the Texas House and congressional maps fell along party lines, with Democrats opposing them.

Senators were expected to meet in committees to approve additional funding for highways and restrictions on abortion. Those will go to the full Senate Monday.

The special session ends June 25th.

Friday, Senators also decided on parole for juveniles.

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