Perry calls third session on redistricting

Sept. 9, 2003 at 5:51 PM

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has ordered a third special session of the Legislature to convene Monday on congressional redistricting.

The remaining Democrats who blocked action on the Republican redistricting plan in the Senate by fleeing to New Mexico have said they will return to Texas to continue their fight.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, chairwoman of the Senate Democratic Caucus, told the San Antonio Express-News in an interview the Democrats would return Wednesday.

The 11 Democrats lost their ability to block Senate action when one of the senators returned home last week. They have all vowed to continue their fight on the Senate floor.

Republicans hold all statewide offices and they want more representation in Congress. They say the state's delegation of 17 Democrats and 15 Republicans doesn't represent their new strength in Texas. Democrats call it a "power grab".

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