Texas Legislature, 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 Legislature, Regular Session. It is governed by a council of seventeen members, including four senators appointed by the lieutenant governor, nine representatives appointed by the speaker of the House, and the chairs of the Senate and House Administration committees. Members serve terms beginning with appointment and ending with the convening of the next regular session. The lieutenant governor and the speaker serve as chair and vice chair. The Council is responsible for providing research and information to the legislature. The Council also assists state agencies, the public, legislatures from other states, and national organizations in answering questions regarding the legislature and Texas laws. Its duties include producing maps for the legislature to use during the redistricting process. Under the general direction of the executive director, the staff is organized into five major divisions: Administration, Legal, Research, Document Production, and Information Systems. 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.
These records document work done by the Texas Legislature Council as part of the legislative redistricting process. Records present are reports and maps concerning the redistricting process by the Texas Legislature, dating 1991-1992. 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 House, Senate, and Board of Education districts, covering the 69th-73rd legislature for the House and Senate districts, and the 72nd legislature for the 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.
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(Identify the item), Legislative Council redistricting maps and reports, Texas Legislative Council, Texas Legislature. 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.
Jason Walker [intern], June 1998
Detailed Description of the Records