DeLay subpoenaed over redistricting bill

The Houston Chronicle reports that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay was subpoenaed yesterday over his role in tracking down 53 Texas Democratic legislators who fled the state last year to block a vote on a bitterly contested congressional redistricting bill engineered by state Republicans. Texas Democratic legislator Lon Burnam sued the state's Department of Public Safety in 2003, alleging that the DPS improperly destroyed documents relating to its search for the runaway Democrats; the suit also claims that DeLay improperly used federal agencies in an effort to bring the missing lawmakers back to Texas before the deadline for voting on the bill expired. The Legislative Reference Library of Texas has a chronology of the redistricting controversy.

 

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