State Sen. Kel Seliger to tackle Redistricting
Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:11:02 GMT —
After a year long fact finding mission that took District 31 State Senator Kel Seliger around the state as its chairman, the Texas State Senator says he's ready to tackle redistricting in the upcoming session.
It's now a waiting game to get the numbers back from the Census Bureau before they can start drawing new district lines.
"The Census must give us the full figures by April 1st and we'll have the population down to the block level and we'll start building the districts from there. But, the Census Bureau says they will try to get us the number by the middle of February so we can get to work on it a month and a half early."
After that, just about every lawmaker will file paperwork with their determinations in mind and that's when it will start to get even more complicated.
"It will take 2-3 weeks I'm guessing, this is the first time I've ever done this, after we get the first full figures loaded into our software, then 2-3 weeks to get input, draw maps, before we're ready to debate the bills before committee and then we'll go to the floor.
When asked if it will take all session to hammer out the new district lines, Seliger replied, "It seems like the big things with controversy don't get finished until the end (of the session)."
We have just learned that Seliger has in fact filed three redistricting bills, as of Tuesday morning.