Lawsuit filed by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives (MALC) in state court challenging how new Texas House districts are drawn. The complaint alleges that the new districts violate the “county line rule” of the Texas Constitution, which requires that counties with sufficient populations be kept whole in drawing state House districts, and instead the Legislature broke up one county into three districts. MALC asks the court to block the use of the Texas House map and order the creation of new state House districts that comply with the rule. After the trial court denied the defendants’ pleas to the jurisdiction, they filed an appeal in the Texas Supreme Court arguing that the court should vacate the trial court’s order because there is not a “live controversy” in the case. The court reversed the trial court’s order in part, dismissing all of MALC’s claims and one of the Gutierrez plaintiffs’ claims. The case is remanded back to the trial court for further litigation.
Case Documents (trial court)
Case Documents (tx supreme court)