Court rules Texas state House maps intentionally discriminatory, orders Dallas and Tarrant remap

AUSTIN — A federal court in San Antonio ruled Thursday that parts of Texas’ statehouse maps are intentionally discriminatory and ordered districts in four counties, including Dallas and Tarrant, redrawn.

The decision by a three-judge panel  was the second time the court had ruled Texas’ statehouse maps discriminatory. Earlier this year, the court had ruled that the state’s 2011 maps were intentionally discriminatory. In 2013, the state redrew those maps after another court had found they had discriminatory effects. The 2013 maps are the ones currently used  for elections.