Barring something unexpected, it looks like the two-year Texas redistricting fight is heading for another round in a federal court. After five hours of contentious debate, the Republican-dominated Texas House of Representatives on Thursday tentatively approved the interim maps used in the 2012 election for its 150 districts. The final vote, along party lines, was 92-47.
However, with hardly any debate, the 150-member chamber tentatively approved — also along party lines — the congressional maps a San Antonio federal court drew last year so that Texas could hold its elections. Later in the day, the lawmakers also gave tentative approval to the Texas Senate maps.
Unlike the congressional and Texas House map, there is little disagreement in both legislative chambers about the Texas Senate map.