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Texas Senate approve disputed voter maps


CHRIS TOMLINSON,Associated Press



AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has made permanent the temporary political maps drawn by a three-judge federal court in San Antonio.

Gov. Rick Perry called the Legislature into special session last month to make permanent the temporary redistricting plan drawn last year by a federal court in San Antonio. The court drew the maps after minority groups successfully argued that maps drawn by lawmakers intentionally discriminated against them.

The Senate unanimously adopted the court-drawn state Senate districts, which were acceptable to minority groups. But votes on the Texas House and congressional maps fell along party lines, with Democrats opposing them.

Senators were expected to meet in committees to approve additional funding for highways and restrictions on abortion. Those will go to the full Senate Monday.

The special session ends June 25.


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Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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