Texas House OKs Congressional Redistricting Map

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a new congressional redistricting map over objections from Democrats about minority representation.

Democrats on Tuesday attacked the plan by Republican Rep. Burt Solomons, arguing it doesn't accurately reflect minority growth over the past 10 years.

Some lawmakers were angry that the map splits the Austin area into multiple districts, dividing minorities and diluting their votes.

Solomons rejected multiple Democrat plans that would have created new Hispanic and African-American districts throughout the state. He says the map is fair and legal. He says no one got exactly what they wanted.

Lawmakers redraw congressional districts every 10 years when new census data comes out. The map creates 36 districts and includes four new congressional seats as a result of the state's population growth.