Republican: Straus Should Explain Redistricting Tactics

Updated, 1:40 p.m.:

House Speaker Joe Straus weighed into this with a reply to Rep. David Simpson; in that letter, sent Tuesday, he said, "I stand by the fairness of the House of Representatives' redistricting process." And he repeated some of his original reply to Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, saying the state is appealing the case and that there are several unresolved legal issues. He also defended the process of drawing the maps, the hours of public hearings and the consideration, he said, of 43 amendments to the maps, including eight by Martinez Fischer. "All members were able ...

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