Texas Legislative Council:
An Inventory of Legislative Council Redistricting Maps and Reports at the Texas State Archives, 1991-1992
The Texas Legislative Council was created in 1949 by Senate Bill 316, 51st Texas Legislature, Regular Session and activated in 1950. It was originally governed by a council of seventeen members, with five senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and ten representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker served as chair and vice chair and were ex officio members of the council. In 1985 council membership was changed (Senate Bill 813, 69th Legislature, Regular Session) to include the chairs of the senate and house administration committees, four senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and nine representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker continued to serve as chair and vice chair. Effective January 11, 2004 (House Bill 7, 78th Legislature, 3rd Called Session), the council membership was changed to fourteen members, including the house administration committee chair, six senators appointed by the lieutenant governor and five representatives appointed by the speaker of the house. The lieutenant governor and the speaker serve as joint chairs. Members serve terms beginning with appointment and ending with the convening of the next regular session. The council is responsible for providing research and information to the legislature and legislative agencies, including assistance with drafting and analyzing proposed legislation; printing, processing and distributing legislative documents; and providing information technology support. It also assists state agencies, the public, legislatures from other states and national organizations in answering questions regarding the legislature and Texas laws. The council conducts investigation of agencies and officers of the state and performs statutory revision without substantive change.
The council is authorized to sit between legislatures and is assisted by a large staff. During the legislative session, upon the request of a member or committee, council staff will draft legislation and reports. In addition, staff members may testify before committees and prepare written statements. The staff is organized into four major divisions: Legal, Research, Information Systems and Document Production. Administrative functions are provided by human resources, assurance services and accounting and purchasing departments, while the leadership team of the executive director, assistant executive director, general counsel, director of operations and the division directors are responsible for directing and coordinating the operations of the council.
The Research Division contains the Special Projects and Redistricting Section. To support the legislature's redistricting activities, the section works with information systems staff to build and maintain election, census and geographic databases and mapping and redistricting computer systems. The staff of the section produces maps and reports showing population and election information for proposed and enacted redistricting plans, as well as informational publications on redistricting.
To support the legislature's redistricting activities, the Special Projects and Redistricting Section within the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council works with information systems staff to build and maintain election, census, and geographic databases and mapping and redistricting computer systems. Reports and maps concerning the redistricting process by the Texas Legislature, dating 1991-1992, document work done by the Texas Legislature Council as part of the legislative redistricting process. The reports show the deviation from the ideal district population; voting age population; Black, Hispanic, Black plus Hispanic, Anglo and other ethnic groups; and total and voting age population for each district in Texas. The maps show proposed district realignment for the Texas House, Senate, and State Board of Education districts, covering the 69th-73rd Legislature for the house and senate districts, and the 72nd Legislature for the State Board of Education districts.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
(Identify the item), Texas Legislative Council redistricting maps and reports. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1994/100
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on May 20, 1994.
Processed by Jason Walker [intern], June 1998
Finding aid encoded by Laura K. Saegert in EAD Version 2002, July 2005
Edits to description and corrections made to encoding to conform to EAD 2002 and DACS by Rebecca Romanchuk, July 2015
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