The Houston area Harris County Commission has run up a $1.3 million bill for redistricting so far as it litigates a vote dilution challenge headed by a Latino member of the council. The county spent over $600,000 on the contested maps and the legal bill to defend this challenge has doubled the tab. The focus of the lawsuit; a majority Hispanic district in the city’s southeast region where that population’s share of the district dropped from 60% to 57.2% under the new map. A federal court heard the case last November. Both sides are still waiting for a decision.
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