State Legislative Panelist Look at Re-Districting Valley

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 8:27am

One of Texas Legislative Panelist came down to the Valley to hear testimony of where new congressional district lines should be drawn once the new census numbers come out, Josh Navarro has more.

The Senate Committee on Redistricting held a hearing on Thursday morning at UTPA with the goal on why the Rio Grande Valley should have more congressional seats. Every 10 years that the census is conducted, the committee comes together and re-draws districts throughout the state. The key factors in determining how those district lines are drawn depends on population and demographics growth after the census releases it's numbers.

Ten Senators were present and listening to testimonies from four people, Juanita Valdez-Cox from the labor organization named La Union Del Pueblo Entero , asking the committee to base one of the congressional districts in McAllen. She stated the city has seen a tremendous growth and needs it's voice to be heard.

Currently, Texas has 32 congressional seats, three of them serving the Rio Grande Valley, if more seats are assigned to the Valley, Senator Hinojosa, hopes those seats will be based out of Hidalgo and Starr county. Once the census results are released next year and the committee will get down to business to re-draw the district lines and determine which county in Texas will get a added seat.

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