- Former governor Rick Perry among those to miss out on first GOP debate
- City Committee Kills BBQ Ordinance
- No Paxton Press Conference As Democrats Call For Resignation
- Texas AG Ken Paxton Booked On Criminal Charges
- Attack targets Donald Trump website as Gawker posts old cell number
- Trump dominates while Perry may not make debate cut
- Reports: Paxton Indicted by Collin County Grand Jury
- Scrutiny Of Latest Round Of Hillary Clinton Emails Begins
- DPS Director Hammered At Hearing On Bland Case
- Sandra Bland's Arrest, Death Takes Stage At Texas Capitol
- Planned Parenthood Skips 'Political' Texas Senate Hearing
- Court of appeals drops one charge against former Governor Rick Perry
- Trump Tours Texas-Mexico Border
- Kerry Defends Iran Nuclear Deal
- Trump Says Hispanics Love Him
- George Bush Senior Out Of ME. Hospital After Fall
- Abbott Accosted By Traveler Angered Over Gay-Marriage Stance
- Obama Challenges Critics Of Iran Nuclear Deal
- Abbott Orders Investigation Of Use Of Tissue From Abortions
- Local Opponents Of Gay Marriage Vow To Fight On
- Louisiana Gov. Jindal ready to jump into 2016 presidential race
- Abbott Signs Bill To Limit Pollution Lawsuits
- Young Protester Demands Veto Of Texas Budget Measure
- Commissioner To Leave HHSC As Deputy Takes Over
- Clinton: GOP Trying To Make It Difficult For People To Vote
- Perry Announces Presidential Run
- Travis County Gears Up To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Like Perry, Abbott Says He'll Leave Texas To Lure Businesses
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- Abbott: Texas Won't Legalize Medicinal Or Recreational Pot
- Texas Legislature Ends 2015 Session
- 'Open Carry' Bill Heads To Gov. Abbott
- Austin's Top Cop Says Governor Needs To Step In On Open Carry
- Texas Senate Debating Major Open Carry Handgun Bill
- Texas House OKs Letting Clergy Refuse To Marry Gay Couples
- COA Spends $70K On Austin Code Ad Campaign
- Texas Senate Panel Passes Restrictions On Teen Abortions
- Perry Set To Announce Presidential Bid June 4 In Dallas
- Governor Abbott Signs Kari's Law for better 911 Access
- Texas Anti-Gay Marriage Bill In Limbo With Time Running Out
- House OKs Bill Restricting Minors Seeking Abortions
- Austin City Council Denounces Stereotypes In Training Session
- Supreme Court Rules Police Can't Extend Traffic Stops
- Senate Backs Allowing Pastors To Refuse To Marry Same-Sex Couples
- East Austin Could Get Luxury Golf Course
- Committee Votes Against Requiring Scrubbers For BBQ Food Trucks/Restaurants
- Waste Of Time: Texas House Votes To Keep Daylight Savings
- Senate Gives High Sign To Limited Medical Marijuana
- Pot Legalization Bill Clears House Panel
- School Shooting Victims, Families Voice Against Campus Carry
Texas Lawmakers Take On Redistricting In Special Session
Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
After 140 days of the regular session, Governor Rick Perry said state lawmakers still have unfinished business. Tuesday was the first day of the special session.
For taxpayers, it will cost about $27,000 for each day lawmakers are at the Capitol. That covers their meals and living expenses. When you factor in mileage reimbursements, it could all add up to $1 million if they stay all 30 days.
The only focus after day one of the special session was redistricting.
Texas lawmakers met quickly on Tuesday morning in the House Chambers to appoint a 19 member redistricting committee. They'll help decide whether to stay with the political districts drawn up by federal judges, who ruled the old districts discriminated against minorities.
"We will take two entire days of testimony and hear from other people's concerns," committee member Representative Larry Gonzalez said. "People are free to offer amendments and to draw up different maps."
That testimony will start Friday morning. Representative Gonzalez said they may have a final decision as early as next week.
"I don't think it will be controversial, considering the courts have already drawn them," he speculated.
"It's just not a priority to the people of Texas," countered Representative Mark Strama.
He believes redistricting decisions should be left to an independent council.
"The voters do not care how we gerrymander our districts to perpetuate our own political self-advantage," Representative Strama said. "It's not a priority to them. It's not a priority to me."
It is a priority to Governor Rick Perry who requested lawmakers revisit redistricting. As far as any other unfinished business the Governor wants addressed during special session?
"No decisions have been made at this time about any other additions than what we have," he told a room full of media on Tuesday.
A federal court in San Antonio has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday on the Texas redistricting case.
By Katherine Stolp