In a 26-page opinion issued Friday, a San Antonio federal court ruled there was no basis to block the use of the 2013 redistricting maps in upcoming elections, and that the redistricting maps passed by the Texas Legislature in the special session should be used for the 2014 elections.
The following is a statement from Lauren Bean, spokeswoman for the Texas Attorney General's Office:
"We are pleased that the court agreed to allow the 2014 elections to proceed on time using the new maps drawn by the Legislature. That certainty benefits all Texans. The State will continue to respond in court to the unwarranted challenges to the new maps by the Obama administration and various plaintiff groups. Texas has prevailed each time the redistricting litigation has reached the Supreme Court and remains confident that the Legislature's maps will be vindicated, either at the San Antonio federal district court or at the U.S. Supreme Court, if necessary."