The Texas Senate voted to ratify court-drawn political maps that were used for legislative and congressional races in 2012. The bills now head to the House.
In party-line votes, Senators voted 16-11 to approve the interim maps for congressional and state House districts. The map of the state’s 31 Senate districts passed with unanimous consent.
Senate Redistricting Chairman Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, defended the maps against criticism and questions from Senate Democrats.
“As I’ve said before, I believe this map is fair and legal,” Seliger said on the Senate floor, referring to the congressional map.
The three maps were drawn ...