You can tell how bad it is gotten for advocates of equity in redistricting that I am actually relieved about this. The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the Governor has signed SB2, SB3 and SB4. The three bills were the only thing to get out of the 1st Special Session and they codify the temporary court-drawn State House, Senate Senate and US House redistricting bills as the permanent maps. These are the maps being used through the 2020 elections now.
As you may recall, I attended & testified at both of the redistricting hearings in Houston. As expected, the Republicans on the committee didn’t listen to a word we said (to be fair, most of the Democrats didn’t too) and rubber stamped all of these maps. All along party lines, the bills passed the legislature and made their way to Perry’s desk.
Now, this is actually important because it could be a whole lot worse. After the Shelby case, observers noted that the injunction against the 2011 Legislature approved maps had technically been struck. Accordingly, there was some speculation that Perry would veto the court-drawn maps and attempt to revive the 2011 ones. This event closes the door to such speculation.
Off the Kuff has more.