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Thu Jun 13, 2013, 12:57 PM

House Committee Hearings on Redistricting in Houston [View all]

I attended the Senate Committee hearings on redistricting on Saturday and made it to the House hearings yesterday. I was looking for a seat when a man called me by my screen name on DU. It was PDiddie who I met at a DU meet up many years ago.

The most interesting thing at this hearing was the fact that Jeff Archer of the Texas Legislative Council provided some advice in public to the Committee. Archer's advice or opinions were actually very helpful to the upcoming litigation in that Archer did not believe that the interim maps being considered were intended to be final maps and that the approval of such maps would not help the Texas GOP in the next round of redistricting litigation. http://brainsandeggs.blogspot.com/2013/06/todays-redistricting-hearing.html

I agree with PDiddie that it was fun watching Trey Martinez Fischer grill Archer in that Archer was not allowed to testify in the redistricting litigation.

Which was a grilling of the state's legal advisor, Jeff Archer of the Texas Legislative Council, by Rep. Trey Martinez Fisher. It was just a prelude to what is happening now (which you can follow over at G's O).

Martinez Fisher asked how many of the briefs and emails Archer had read, how much of the hearings he had witnessed, and other questions that essentially established Archer was fairly well out of the loop throughout this session on the topic of redistricting. Archer often looked helplessly at the chair, Drew Darby, to be bailed out, and Darby occasionally obliged him by nodding -- or shaking -- his head. After about 30 minutes of skewering, committee member Rep. Linda Harper Brown tried to short-circuit the cross-examination of Archer by Martinez Fischer (and succeeded).

Dutiful long-time followers of l'affaire redistricting may recall that Archer's deposition two years ago was barred by the state. (You can watch more of Archer speaking at an LBJ School of Public Affairs symposium. He's in the opening ten minutes.)

I talked to Archer during the break and he basically told me that he agreed with my analysis of the interim maps and the legal effect of the Texas legislature adopting these maps. The Senate Committee approved the interim maps yesterday without change and I have no doubt that the House Committee will also rubber stamp these maps. However, these hearings will be helpful in the litigation that is going to occur with regards to these maps.

It was fun seeing another DUer at this event.

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