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2010
April 1, 2010 Census Day
Summer–Fall 2010 Regional outreach hearings are held in selected cities
December 21, 2010 U.S. Census Bureau delivers the 2010 state population totals for apportionment, showing that Texas has 25,145,561 people, has grown by 20.6 percent since 2000, and has gained four new congressional seats, for a total of 36
2011
January 11, 2011 82nd Legislature convenes
February 17, 2011 U.S. Census Bureau delivers the 2010 Census PL 94-171 block level population data for Texas
March - June 2011 Public hearings on redistricting are held during session
Spring - Summer 2011 Lawsuits are filed in federal and state courts
May 5, 2011 The Texas Legislature passes the State Board of Education redistricting bill, H.B. 600 (PlanE120)
May 18, 2011 The State Board of Education redistricting bill, H.B. 600 (PlanE120), is filed with the Texas Secretary of State without the governor's signature
May 21, 2011 The Texas Legislature passes the Senate redistricting bill, S.B. 31 (PlanS148), and the House redistricting bill, H.B. 150 (PlanH283)
May 30, 2011 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, adjourns sine die
May 31, 2011 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, convenes
June 17, 2011 The governor signs S.B. 31, relating to the composition of districts for the election of members to the Texas Senate (PlanS148), and H.B. 150, relating to the composition of districts for the election of members to the Texas House of Representatives (PlanH283)
June 20, 2011 The Texas Legislature passes the congressional redistricting bill, S.B. 4 (PlanC185)
June 29, 2011 82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, adjourns sine die
July 18, 2011 The governor signs S.B. 4, relating to the composition of the congressional districts for the State of Texas (PlanC185)
July 19, 2011 The Texas Attorney General petitions the D.C. Court for a declaratory judgment (Texas v. United States) validating the Texas congressional, state senate, state house, and State Board of Education redistricting plans
September 6, 2011 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas starts hearings on the consolidated house and congressional lawsuits, Perez v. Perry
September 22, 2011 U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, enters a declaratory judgment and orders that the State Board of Education plan (PlanE120) may be implemented
September 28, 2011 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas sets November 14, 2011, as the date for the trial on the senate plan, Davis v. Perry (trial is not held)
November 23, 2011 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas orders an interim senate plan (PlanS164) and orders an interim house plan (PlanH302)
November 26, 2011 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas orders an interim congressional plan (PlanC220)
November 28, 2011 The Texas Attorney General files a request for a stay on the use of the interim senate and house plans with the U.S. Supreme Court
November 30, 2011 The Texas Attorney General files a request for a stay on the use of the interim congressional plan with the U.S. Supreme Court
December 9, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court grants the requests for a stay on the use of the court-ordered interim plans for the Texas Senate, the Texas House of Representatives, and the Texas delegation to the U.S. Congress
2012
January 9, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Perez v. Perry and Davis v. Perry
January 20, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court vacates the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas orders implementing interim plans and remands the cases for further proceedings
February 8, 2012 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas hears the senate redistricting lawsuit, Davis v. Perry
February 28, 2012 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas orders interim senate (PlanS172), orders interim house (PlanH309), and orders interim congressional(PlanC235) plans
March 9, 2012 Filing deadline for 2012 primary elections
March 19, 2012 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issues its opinions for the interim senate (PlanS172), interim house (PlanH309), and interim congressional (PlanC235) plans
May 29, 2012 Primary elections
July 31, 2012 Runoff elections
November 6, 2012 General elections
2013
January 8, 2013 83rd Legislature convenes; redistricting is not taken up during regular session
May 27, 2013 83rd Legislature adjourns sine die
May 27, 2013 83rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, convenes to ‚Äúconsider legislation which ratifies and adopts the interim redistricting plans ordered by the federal district court as the permanent plans for districts used to elect members to the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, and United States House of Representatives‚ÄĚ
June 14, 2013 The Texas Senate passes S.B. 2, the senate plan (PlanS172), S.B. 3, the house plan (PlanH309), and S.B. 4, the congressional plan (PlanC235)
June 21, 2013 The Texas House of Representatives passes S.B. 3 as amended (PlanH358) and passes S.B. 2 (PlanS172) and S.B. 4 (PlanC235) to enrollment
June 23, 2013 The Texas Senate concurs in House amendments to S.B. 3 (PlanH358) and reports S.B. 3 to enrollment
June 25, 2013 83rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, adjourns sine die
June 26, 2013 The governor signs S.B. 2, relating to the composition of districts for the election of members of the Texas Senate (PlanS172), S.B. 3, relating to the composition of districts for the election of members of the Texas House of Representatives (PlanH358), and S.B. 4, relating to the composition of districts for the election of members of the United States House of Representatives (PlanC235)
September 4, 2013 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas enters a final judgment approving the state senate map (PlanS172)
September 6, 2013 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas enters an order denying a request by the State of Texas to dismiss claims about the 2011 house and congressional maps on grounds of mootness, orders the 2013 enacted congressional (PlanC235) and state house (PlanH358) maps to be used as interim plans for the 2014 elections, and does not make any changes to the election schedule for 2014
October 18, 2013 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas issues a scheduling order setting July 14, 2014, for the commencement of the trial on all remaining claims relating to 2011 redistricting plans and 2013 redistricting plans in Perez v. Perry
Dec. 9, 2013 Filing deadline for 2014 primary elections
2014
March 14, 2014 Primary Elections
April 21, 2014 Evenwel v. Perry, challenging Texas Senate Districts (PlanS172), is filed
May 27, 2014 Runoff elections
June 25, 2014 The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, hears Evenwel v. Perry
July 14-19, 2014 The U.S. District Court for the Western Distict of Texas hears evidence in Perez v. Perry regarding the 2011 state house districts (PlanH283)
August 11-16, 2014 The U.S. District Court for the Western Distict of Texas hears evidence in Perez v. Perry regarding the 2011 congressional districts (PlanC185)
November 4, 2014 General Election
November 5, 2014 The U.S. District Court for the Western Distict of Texas, Austin Division, dismisses the Evenwel v. Perry challenge to the senate map
2015
January 13, 2015 84th Legislature convenes
The Texas Legislative Council, a nonpartisan legislative service agency, provides technical and legal support to the Texas legislature for redistricting.