BILL ANALYSIS H.B. 2714 By: D. Jones 05-05-95 Committee Report (Unamended) BACKGROUND The 1991 redistricting of Congressional Districts 17 and 21 has split certain communities. This division of communities has led to voter confusion as to who their representative is and duplication of efforts regarding constituent services. Changes in these demographics and differentials between the present lines and those proposed by H.B. 2714 are negligible. This is a Congressional redistricting bill and is in compliance with Justice Department rulings and court requirements for redistricting. PURPOSE This bill adjusts the district lines between Congressional Districts 17 and 21. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency or institution. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Sections 17 and 21, Article II, Chapter 7, Acts of the 72nd Legislature, 2nd called Session, 1991, by shifting appropriate census tracks to allow adjustment of the District lines between Congressional Districts 17 and 21. SECTION 2. Provides the definition of "block" and "tract" as assigned by Section 1, Article III, Chapter 7, Acts of the 72nd Legislature, 2nd Called Session, 1991. SECTION 3. States the changes made by this bill do not affect the members or districts of the Texas Congressional districts of the 104th Congress. SECTION 4. Emergency Clause. SUMMARY OF COMMITTEE ACTION In a formal meeting on May 3, 1995, the House Redistricting Committee took up HB 2714. The chair laid out HB 2714 and Rep. Alvarado made a motion to vote to report back favorably to the House HB 2714 and to send it to the General Calendar. The following vote was taken: AYE: D. Jones, Alvarado, Glaze, Grusendorf, Hamric, Marchant, Saunders, Seidlits (8). NAY: (0). PRESENT NOT VOTING: (0). ABSENT: Moreno, Giddings, Wilson (3).