The Texas House approved a proposed political boundaries map for the lower chamber’s 150 districts on Wednesday. The map would strengthen the Republican position in the state House for the next decade and reduce the number of districts in which Black and Hispanic residents make up the majority of eligible voters.
Proposed by Rep. Todd Hunter, House Bill 1 was passed on an 83-63 vote after consideration of over 50 amendments. It now moves to the state Senate for approval before it can be signed by Gov. Greg Abbott. It must be approved before the end of the special legislative session that ends Oct. 19.
“I appreciate everybody trying,” Hunter said as he laid out the draft Tuesday morning. “I know that in any redistricting, some have issues and some don’t. That’s the nature of redistricting.”
Following its passage, multiple House Democrats denounced the map as discriminatory, including state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer who described the passage of the Republican Texas House redistricting proposal as “part of a coordinated attack on the voting rights of Americans that has been waged both in Texas and across the country.”