AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans have spent two years and at least $1 million fighting to restore voting maps the GOP-dominated Legislature originally drew, but which courts declared illegal.
Now, suddenly, they're happy to take the temporary maps a federal court redrew for them.
Conservatives say they haven't given up.
But following a 2012 election cycle thrown into tumult by legal wrangling over redistricting maps, Republicans in the Legislature began working Tuesday with the goal of making court-drawn voting maps permanent ahead of 2014.
So far, it's the only unfinished business Gov. Rick Perry has ordered in a special 30-day legislative session.
Conservatives want the governor to demand that lawmakers also reconsider tighter abortion restrictions, more relaxed gun laws, and school voucher plans.
But Perry hasn't committed to adding any other issues.