MALC responds to the Solomons redistricting map

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STATEMENT BY CHAIRMAN TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER ON THE FIRST DRAFT ON THE SOLOMONS PLAN H113

“While our voting rights counsel, Jose Garza, is still reviewing the data from Representative Solomons proposed House of Representatives map, The Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) stands firm that the elimination of minority opportunity district, reflected in the proposed pairing of Representative Connie Scott (R-Corpus Christi) and Representative Raul Torres (R-Corpus Christi) and the elimination of a minority coalition district, reflected in the proposed pairing of Representative Hubert Vo (D-Houston) and Representative Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) is a non-starter.

Pairing minority opportunity and minority coalition districts is a long and costly endeavor for Texas, and I hope that we learned our lesson ten years ago. I look forward to working with Representative Solomons and MALC’s voting rights counsel to create a map that will pass pre-clearance standards set forth in the Voting Rights Act. ”

See the proposed map here.

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