Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: June 18, 2003
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Statement from Sen. Deuell on Special Session

AUSTIN -- Earlier today, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that a special session of the Legislature will convene on June 30. The primary focus of the special session is to address congressional redistricting.

Sen. Deuell made the following comment regarding the special session:

"I was hoping we could have done redistricting in our regular session. However, given the fact that fifty some Democrats chose to leave their duties in Austin and go to Oklahoma, we must deal with the issue in a special session," Deuell said.

"I look forward to developing a congressional redistricting plan that will be fair to my constituents, and will reflect the voting trends of the last ten years. Texans deserve a congressional delegation that reflects the views of the people, not three federal judges."

A congressional redistricting plan died in the Texas House of Representatives during the 78th legislative session when over 50 House democrats left the state, thereby denying the House a quorum.