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      State Sen. Kel Seliger files redistricting bills

      State Sen.. Kel Seliger

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      Pro N ews 7 has learned that Amarillo State Senator, Kel Seliger, has filed three bills dealing with redistricting.

      In a statement, Seliger said the bills will serve as the starting point for the 82nd Legislature to redraw State Senate, State Board of Education and Congressional district lines based on the population data from the 2010 Census.

      Senator Seliger says filing these bills now is a proactive way to allow the Lieutenant Governor to review them and then refer them to a Senate committee.

      As far as its effect, Seliger says staying out of the red is what really matters.

      "Is it going to be beneficial to the Panhandle? It's too early to tell, clearly with overall population loss in so many counties my goal is to see to it that redistricting is not detrimental to the Panhandle."

      A local expert says overall it's a tricky process.

      "Splitting counties is kind of funny -- taking one precinct out of a county and putting it in another district. That's not good -- it's not good for the people in that county, and certainly not good for the people in that precinct because instead of looking toward the rest of their county for common interests they're looking to the other counties," said Dave Rausch, WTAMU Political Science Professor.

      Rausch also says the whole purpose of redistricting is to make sure every district has roughly the same size in population -- not in how many voters they have.

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      Pro N ews 7 has learned that Amarillo State Senator, Kel Seliger, has filed three bills dealing with redistricting.

      In a statement, Seliger said the bills will serve as the starting point for the 82nd Legislature to redraw State Senate, State Board of Education and Congressional district lines based on the population data from the 2010 Census.

      "These are bills that will be referred to committee to be substituted when we get the final population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau," Seliger said.

      The bills are as follows:Senate Bill 31 - Relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the Texas Senate.Senate Bill 307 - Relating to the composition of the districts for the election of members of the State Board of Education.Senate Bill 308 - Relating to the composition of the congressional districts for the State of Texas.

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      The bills are now available online and can be read by clicking here, we are working on an update, and will post it shortly.

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