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2011

Dec. 16, 2011 - The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas ordered a revised election schedule, including changing the primary election date from March 6, 2012 to April 3, 2012.

Dec. 13, 2011 - The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scheduled a hearing on Texas v. Holder for January 17th to 26th in Washington, D.C.

Dec. 9, 2011 - The U.S. Supreme Court granted the request for a stay on the use of the court-ordered interim plans for the Texas Senate (senate stay), House of Representatives, and Congress (house and congressional stay) and consolidated the cases.

Nov. 30, 2011 - The Texas Attorney General filed a request for a stay on the use of the Texas congressional map with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nov. 28, 2011 - The Texas Attorney General filed a request for a stay on the use of the senate and house maps with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nov. 26, 2011 - The federal District Court for the Western District of Texas ordered an interim congressional plan for the districts used to elect members of the Texas delegation to the U.S. Congress. (PlanC220).

Nov. 23, 2011 - The federal District Court for the Western District of Texas ordered an interim house plan for the districts used to elect members in 2012 to the Texas House of Representatives (PlanH302) and an interim senate plan for the districts used to elect members in 2012 to the Texas Senate (PlanS164). One of the judges issued a dissenting house map (PlanH299).

Nov. 8, 2011 - The federal District Court for the District of Columbia denies summary judgment; the federal District Court for the Western District of Texas will have to issue interim state senate, state house, and Texas congressional district maps.

Nov. 4, 2011 - Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas issues an order changing the beginning of the candidate filing period to November 28 and changing the residency requirements in preparation for the release of court-ordered maps.

Oct. 4, 2011 - Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas changes the hearing to consider remedial Texas House and Congressional plans to Monday, October 31, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. and sets the hearing to consider a remedial Texas Senate plan to begin immediately after the hearing on the Texas House and Congressional plans.

Sept. 28, 2011 - Davis v. Perry, a suit challenging the Texas Senate map, is set for trial on Monday, November 14, 2011, at 8:00 a.m. before the federal District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.

Sept. 23, 2011 - U.S. Department of Justice and other parties in the Texas v. United States preclearance suit for the congressional and legislative plans filed in the federal District Court for the District of Columbia identify the districts and other matters believed in issue in the suit.

Sept. 22, 2011 - The U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, enters declaratory judgment in favor of the State of Texas with respect to the Texas State Board of Education redistricting plan (PlanE120) and orders that the plan may be implemented immediately.

Sept. 19, 2011 - The U.S. Department of Justice does not oppose declaratory judgment granting preclearance to state senate (Plan S148) and State Board of Education (Plan E120) maps under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Sept. 1, 2011 - The trial for the consolidated redistricting cases begins in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division, on September 6, 2011 at 8:00 a.m., in San Antonio.

Aug. 19, 2011 - The Texas Legislative Council published State and Federal Law Governing Redistricting in Texas.

June 17, 2011 - The governor signed H.B. 150, relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the Texas House of Representatives (PlanH283), and S.B. 31, relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the Texas Senate (PlanS148), into law.

June 15, 2011 - The House of Representatives passed S.B. 4 as amended (PlanC185).

June 6, 2011 - The Senate passed S.B. 4 (PlanC141) to engrossment.

May 21, 2011 - The Texas Legislature passed the Senate redistricting plan, S.B. 31 (PlanS148), and the House redistricting plan, H.B. 150 (PlanH283), to enrollment.

May 18, 2011 - The State Board of Education redistricting bill, H.B. 600 (PlanE120), is enacted.

May 17, 2011 - The Texas Senate passed S.B. 31 (PlanS148) to engrossment.

May 13, 2011 - The Senate Select Committee on Redistricting adopted C.S.S.B. 31, (PlanS125).

May 9, 2011 - Perez v. Perry -- plaintiffs bring suit in Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas to invalidate the current district lines used for congressional, legislative and SBOE district plans and to require a good faith effort to achieve population equality among districts drawn to replace these plans. Further, plaintiffs seek to have prisoners not allocated to the county of their incarceration at the time the census was taken.

May 9, 2011 - Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) v. Perry -- plaintiffs bring suit in Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas challenging:

  1. the use of the 2010 federal census without adjustment for an undercount to draw districts in that it dilutes Latino voting strength;
  2. the allocation of Texas House seats to counties under the state's whole county provision of the state constitution and the population deviations among districts in the newly adopted plan for the Texas House;
  3. population deviations in existing districts for congress, the legislature, and SBOE as well as in the newly adopted Texas House plan; and
  4. the statewide election of members to the Railroad Commission as violative of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

May 5, 2011 - The Texas Legislature passed the State Board of Education redistricting plan, H.B. 600, to enrollment (PlanE120).

April 28, 2011 - The House of Representatives passed H.B. 150 to engrossment (PlanH283).

April 19, 2011 - The House Committee on Redistricting adopts C.S.H.B. 150 (PlanH153).

April 8, 2011 - The Texas Legislative Council published an Addendum on Citizenship Data for the Data for 2011 Redistricting in Texas publication.

April 5, 2011 - The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas (MALC v. Texas) challenging the existing plans for the Texas Senate and House, the U.S. House members from Texas, and the State Board of Education and seeking to prohibit the use of census data in drawing new districts to the extent it discriminates against Latinos.

March 1, 2011 - The House Committee on Redistricting met to consider recent 2010 Census data, and the Texas Legislative Council gave a presentation on the county line rule.

Feb. 17, 2011 - Census 2010 population maps that show how much each current congressional, senate, house, and State Board of Education district deviates from the ideal district size, maps with the percent population change by county, and population reports are available.

Feb. 16, 2011 - The Texas Legislative Council published a preliminary draft of the State and Federal Law Governing Redistricting in Texas report.

Feb. 10, 2011 - A lawsuit has been filed Teuber et al v. State of Texas et al; Cause No. 4:11-cv-00059, challenging the congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts and the 2010 census numbers that must be used to draw new districts.

Feb. 3, 2011 - The Texas Legislative Council published a new report, Data for 2011 Redistricting in Texas.

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