Texas Lawmakers File Suit Against New State House Boundaries

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2009 file photo, The south side of the Capitol and its surrounding grounds are shown in Austin, Texas. TTexas Republicans are set to approve redrawn U.S. House maps that would shore up their eroding dominance as voters peel away from the GOP in the state’s booming suburbs. The Texas House on Saturday Oct. 16, 2021 is expected to send the maps to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck, File)

A coalition of mostly Hispanic members of the Texas House are filing suit to try to stop the use of new statewide voting maps.  The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is accusing the Republican-led Texas Legislature of ignoring part of the state constitution.  The state’s “county line rule” requires lawmakers to keep county boundaries in mind when creating House districts.  The focus is on Cameron County, where two House districts were fully contained inside the county for the last ten years.  The newly drawn maps have only one House district fully inside the county’s boundaries.  Several groups have accused state lawmakers of drawing district boundaries to dilute the voting power of minorities in certain areas of Texas.

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