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Texas Senate Redistricting

The 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, passed a senate redistricting bill on May 21, 2011 (PlanS148). The Texas Attorney General petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Texas v. United States) validating Texas' senate plan on July 19, 2011.

Plaintiffs filed Davis v. Perry in federal court on September 22, 2011, and on September 28, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas set November 14 as the hearing date for the trial, which was held later on February 8, 2012. On November 23, 2011, the district court ordered an interim senate plan (PlanS164). On November 28, the Texas Attorney General filed a request for a stay on the use of the interim senate plan with the U.S. Supreme Court, which the Supreme Court granted on December 9, 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Davis v. Perry on January 9, 2012, and on January 20, vacated the district court's order implementing an interim plan and remanded the case for further proceedings. On February 28, the district court ordered an interim senate plan (PlanS172) into effect for the 2012 elections.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia conducted a hearing for Texas v. United States from January 17 to 26, 2012, and on August 28, 2012, issued an opinion denying Texas preclearance on the 2011 legislatively enacted senate plan (PlanS148). On August 31, the Texas Attorney General appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas considered appeals for a revised plan on August 31, and ordered the parties to submit proposals by December 3, 2012.

Texas House Redistricting

Several lawsuits were filed in federal and state district courts during the spring and summer of 2011. The 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, passed a house redistricting bill on May 21, 2011 (PlanH283). The Texas Attorney General petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Texas v. United States) validating Texas' house plan on July 19, 2011.

On September 6, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas started hearings on the consolidated lawsuits in federal court, Perez v. Perry. On November 23, 2011, the district court ordered an interim house plan (PlanH302). On November 28, the Texas Attorney General filed a request for a stay on the use of the interim house plan with the U.S. Supreme Court, which the Supreme Court granted on December 9, 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Perez v. Perry on January 9, 2012, and on January 20, vacated the district court's order implementing an interim plan and remanded the case for further proceedings. On February 28, the district court ordered an interim house plan (PlanH309) into effect for the 2012 elections.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia conducted a hearing for Texas v. United States from January 17 to 26, 2012, and on August 28, 2012, issued an opinion denying Texas preclearance on the 2011 legislatively enacted house plan (PlanH283). On August 31, the Texas Attorney General appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas considered appeals for a revised plan on August 31, and ordered the parties to submit proposals by December 3, 2012.

Congressional Redistricting

Under the 2010 federal decennial census, Texas was apportioned 36 congressional districts. Several lawsuits were filed in federal and state district courts during the spring and summer of 2011. The Regular Session of the 82nd Legislature adjourned without adopting a congressional redistricting bill, and the 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, passed a congressional redistricting bill on June 20, 2011 (PlanC185). The Texas Attorney General petitioned the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for a declaratory judgment under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (Texas v. United States) validating Texas' congressional plan on July 19, 2011.

On September 6, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas started hearings on the consolidated lawsuits in federal court, Perez v. Perry. On November 26, 2011, the district court ordered an interim congressional plan (PlanC220). On November 30, the Texas Attorney General filed a request for a stay on the use of the interim congressional plan with the U.S. Supreme Court, which the Supreme Court granted on December 9, 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Perez v. Perry on January 9, 2012, and on January 20, vacated the district court's order implementing an interim plan and remanded the case for further proceedings. On February 28, the district court ordered an interim congressional plan (PlanC235) into effect for the 2012 elections.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia conducted a hearing for Texas v. United States from January 17 to 26, 2012, and on August 28, 2012, issued an opinion denying Texas preclearance on the 2011 legislatively enacted congressional plan (PlanC185). On August 31, the Texas Attorney General appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas considered appeals for a revised plan on August 31, and ordered the parties to submit proposals by December 3, 2012. LULAC filed a request for a stay of the interim congressional plan with the U.S. Supreme Court, which denied the request on September 19, 2012.

State Board of Education Redistricting

The 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, passed the State Board of Education redistricting bill, H.B. 600 (PlanE120), on May 5, 2011. On September 22, 2011, the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, granted its approval for the plan under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Last updated: January 18, 2013

The Texas Legislative Council, a nonpartisan legislative service agency, provides technical and legal support to the Texas legislature for redistricting.