What are HJR 32 and HB 369?

For brief descriptions of the redistricting reform bills introduced as part of the 85th Legislature, please read on!


What is HJR 32?

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 32 is a measure that would establish a seven-member redistricting commission to develop and adopt redistricting plans for the districts of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, and United States House of Representatives.

Rep. Donna Howard (D-48) introduced the amendment as House Joint Resolution 32 in the 85th Texas Legislature.

The current redistricting process is done by the Texas Legislature in the year after the census (next census year:  2020) with veto authority by the Texas Governor.  If the Governor disagrees, he sends it to a committee comprised of the Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Land Commissioner, Comptroller, and Attorney General. 

As part of the proposed measure, the redistricting committee of 7 members would consist of  the two most senior members of the Senate - from opposing parties, the two most senior members of the House of Representatives - from opposing parties, one member from the Senate chosen by the Senate redistricting members, and two retired judges - from opposing parties.

If passed by the Texas Legislature, this would be a constitutional amendment put to the voters to ratify in the 2018 election cycle.

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What is HB 369?

House Bill 369 is a measure relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission.

Rep. Donna Howard (D-48) introduced the amendment as House Joint Resolution 32 in the 85th Texas Legislature.

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What is SB 209?

Senate Bill (SB) 209 is another measure relating to the reapportionment of congressional districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Congressional Redistricting Commission.

Senator Royce West (D-23) introduced the amendment as Senate Bill 32 in the 85th Texas Legislature.

NOTE:  SB 209 is considered the weakest of the three bills in the 85th legislature.

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