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Re­dis­trict­ing is a volatile process that can launch some po­lit­i­cal ca­reers and end oth­ers. Dun­nam noted that the Ju­di­ciary panel con­sists of eight Repub­li­cans and three Democrats, with no African Amer­i­can mem­bers and only two His­pan­ics. It was the Re­dis­trict­ing chair­man’s de­ci­sion, and not Straus’, to in­volve both com­mit­tees in re­dis­trict­ing, but Dun­nam said he wants to know why Straus has al­lowed it to oc­cur.

“This is about get­ting more Repub­li­cans in on the fix,” Dun­nam said.

Last month, Straus ap­pointed Rep. Larry Tay­lor of Friendswood, the chair­man of the House Repub­li­can Cau­cus, to an open spot pre­vi­ously held by a Repub­li­can on the Sun­set Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion, which pe­ri­od­i­cally re­views state agen­cies. Law­mak­ers covet ap­point­ments to the Sun­set panel be­cause its mem­bers tend to carry ma­jor pieces of leg­is­la­tion that can re­shape the agen­cies they scru­ti­nize.

Far­rar and Rep. Gar­net Cole­man, D-Hous­ton, swiftly crit­i­cized the Tay­lor ap­point­ment be­cause it left one Demo­crat and four Repub­li­cans on the panel.

“The speaker has had four chances to ap­point mem­bers to the Sun­set com­mis­sion and only one of those ap­point­ments has been a Demo­crat,” Cole­man said. “Any­one who doesn’t be­lieve he is a dyed-inthe-wool con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can isn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion to the ap­point­ments.”

Straus spokes­woman Tracy Young said the speaker can’t

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