Reports from Donna Garner on the Texas State Board of Education Redistricting Map will be extremely important in the days to come. Via a staffer from Gov. Perry’s Legislative Office, HB 600, which is the Texas State Board of Education redistricting map, was sent to Gov. Perry on May 6, 2011. According to the timeline as set by law, Gov. Perry has until May 18 to make a decision.
Sen. Seliger’s rogue E120 (HB 600) is the map that was sent to Gov. Perry’s desk.
Gov. Perry is one of the most conservative Governors in the entire United States and because he is the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association the decisions that he makes in Texas will set precedence for the rest of the Governors across the Country. Which could be why Obama is picking battles with him and showed up in El Paso, Texas. The question is will he “Stand With Us” or will he stand with the Moderate Republican Establishment.
Gov. Perry’s phone numbers: 1-800-252-9600; 512-463-1782;
Gov. Perry’s e-mail address: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact/assistance.aspx
GOV. PERRY’S OPTIONS
Texas Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council. Guide to 2011 Redistricting. Austin: July 2010
The rules for Senate and House redistricting maps follow one set of rules. The rules for Congressional and Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) redistricting maps follow yet another set of rules. One big difference between the two sets of rules is that the Congressional and SBOE redistricting maps do not ever go to the Legislative Redistricting Board.
TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION RULES
Redistricting bills follow the same path through the legislature as other legislation.
Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) redistricting bills may be introduced in either or both houses.
(1) Gov. Perry may sign the bill into law.
(2) Gov. Perry may allow it to take effect without a signature.
(3) Gov. Perry may veto it.
If the SBOE bill is vetoed and cannot be overridden with a 2/3 majority in each of the two houses, Gov. Perry may call a special session to consider the matter; or the matter may be taken up in state or federal district court.
The final SBOE plan is filed with the Texas Secretary of State and is subject to federal preclearance under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The plan adopted, in most cases, becomes effective for the following primary and general elections, pending preclearance and judicial review.
HISTORY BEHIND SEN. SELIGER’S ROGUE SBOE/E120 MAP
On 4.27.11, Sen. Seliger threw E120 into his Senate Redistricting Committee meeting 15 minutes before the meeting was to start, thus giving the public no time to view it on the Legislative online District Viewer, no time for SBOE members to debate it, no time for those opposed to it to prepare their testimonies, no time even for the accompanying report with the data and statistics to support E120 to be handed out to the committee members. They voted for E120 without even seeing the supportive data.
Then on 4.29.11 when Seliger’s rogue SBOE/E120 was brought to the floor of the Senate, a map that the majority of the SBOE members preferred (E118) and championed by Sen. Dan Patrickwas tabled without Senators having a chance to discuss the data supporting E118.
When HB 600 (Sen. Seliger’s rogue E120) was passed in the Senate on 4.29.11, the only two Republican Senators who voted against it were Sen. Brian Birdwell and Sen. Dan Patrick. Please take time to thank both Sen. Birdwell and Sen. Patrick.
CONSERVATIVES’ PLEA TO GOV. PERRY
“Gov. Perry, please stand with us.”
This powerful video made by Texas Tea Party Leaders, Grassroots Republican Leaders has been sent out not only to Gov. Perry but to all of our Texas Legislators.
We will not go away, and our numbers are growing with each new outrage during this Legislative Session. The elections of 2012 are just around the corner, and we will not forget those Legislators who stood with us and those who stood against us.
CALL GOVERNOR PERRY TODAY AND ASK HIM TO VETO AND CALL A SPECIAL SESSION. OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE IS AT RISK!!!