Frosh Rep Points Out Elephant in Living Room
The Austin Democrat also criticized the redistricting process, calling for the creation of an independent commission to oversee the redrawing of district boundaries when the issue is taken up anew in 2011. (Fellow panelist and Austin Rep. Eddie Rodriguez said he intends to file such a bill.) An independent commission would replace the old-fashioned way of legislators redistricting themselves. "There is no worse way than to have politicians drawing their own districts," Strama said.
The District 50 legislator, who defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Jack Stick in a bruising and expensive contest in November, has also taken a campaign finance dig at his former opponent, filing legislation that would ban political fundraising in state buildings. Last year, Stick drew fire for hitting up insurance industry representatives for campaign contributions during a meeting in a state-owned office building. Stick later said he was just joking, but Strama's HB 906 would force politicians to take it outside.