Redistricting Committee, Texas House of Representatives

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Senate Committees

The Redistricting Committee is a standing committee of the Texas House of Representatives.

Per the Senate Rules, committees of the Texas House of Representatives are assigned half by seniority and half by the Speaker of the House. Representatives select three committees they wish to serve on, and half of a committee's seats are filled in this manner based on seniority. In the case of equal seniority, the Speaker decides the seat. Once half of each committee is selected through this method, the Speaker appoints the rest of the committees.[1] Committees are assigned at the start of each legislative session.[2] A majority of appointed members make up a committee's quorum.[3] The Speaker is not recognized as an "ex officio" member of any committee.

DocumentIcon.jpg See rules: House Rules

Function

The committee shall have nine members, with jurisdiction over all matters pertaining to:
  • legislative districts, both house and senate, and any changes or amendments;
  • congressional districts, their creation, and any changes or amendments;
  • establishing districts for the election of judicial officers or of governing bodies or representatives of political subdivisions or state agencies as required by law; and
  • preparations for the redistricting process.[4][5]

Membership

2013-2014

The following table describes committee membership at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session.

Redistricting Members, 2013
Democratic members (4)Republican members (5)
Yvonne Davis, Vice-chairDrew Darby, Chair
Rene OliveiraBrandon Creighton
Joe PickettLarry Gonzales
Senfronia ThompsonTodd Hunter
Jim Keffer

2011-2012

The following table describes committee membership for the 2011 legislative session.

Legislation

As of March 18, 2011 seven bills have been referred to the committee:[6]

  • HB 150: - "Relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the Texas House of Representatives."[6]
  • HB 600 - "Relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the State Board of Education."[6]
  • HB 900 - "Relating to the composition of the congressional districts for the State of Texas."[6]
  • HB 1227 - "Relating to the inclusion of an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's last residence before incarceration."[6]
  • SB 1430 - "Relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission."[6]
  • HJR 20 - "Proposing a constitutional amendment to limit the time in which the legislature may enact or modify districts for the Texas Legislature or the United States House of Representatives."[6]
  • HJR 95 - "Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to establish legislative and congressional districts and revising constitutional redistricting procedures."[6]

Hearings

As of March 18, 2011 the Senate Redistricting Committee has held two hearings. Hearings are listed below by the date which they occurred. The public notice, minutes, and witness list are provided for each hearing.

  • March 1, 2011:
  • March 15, 2011:

2009-2010

The following table describes committee membership for the 2009 legislative session.

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