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Contested Texas Map Is OKd

October 13, 2003|From Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas — A six-month battle in the Legislature ended Sunday when the Senate passed a congressional redistricting plan in a third special session and then adjourned.

It now goes to Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is expected to sign it into law.

The new map, approved 17 to 14 in the Senate, will likely give Republicans the majority in the Texas congressional delegation, which is now ruled 17 to 15 by Democrats.

Republicans have said they could gain as many as six additional seats in the delegation. Democrats said the map would add seven Republicans.

The bill's passage ends six months of strange twists, including two walkouts by Democrats, three special sessions and harsh Republican infighting.

While the legislative battle over redistricting is over, the feud continues. Democrats have pledged to take their fight to court.

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