Around the State

3/31/2013, 4:31 p.m.

On March 12, she released the following statement on the filing of state House and Congressional redistricting maps:

"Today, I filed legislation that puts forth two redistricting plans. As you know, Texas' appeal from the preclearance ruling is on hold. These redistricting plans - Congressional Plan C236 and State House Plan H311 - can begin the dialogue to address the problems identified by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

"Since the Texas Legislature is in session now, we have an opportunity to produce final maps that are free of racial discrimination and that accurately reflect the continued minority growth within Texas. Hopefully, this action will prevent the fiascos of the 2012 election cycle.

"The Legislature along with other stakeholders can now start to work and build a better Texas for all Texans." DALLAS

On Saturday, Rep. Yvonne Davis will hold a Legislative Town Hall meeting for constituents of District 111 to discuss pending legislation currently before the Texas House of Representatives as well as other community concerns. The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of Methodist Charlton Medical Center, located at 3500 W. Wheatland Road. For more information, contact Claude Spivey or Pitria McKinney at 214-941-3985. DALLAS

Maj. Gen. James Williams spoke in a Dialogue for Peace series that is part of the schools' Global Peace Summit, on Tuesday at 6116 Reiger Ave. at 6 p.m., hosted by J.L. Long Middle School, United Nations Dallas Chapter, Dallas Rotary Club and Invisible Children Schools for Schools. The event was open to the public and the admission was free.

Williams opened the dialogue peace series on creating a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The major general has commanded Marines at every level in and out of combat and has served as one of the Military White House Social Aides to both Carter and Reagan, garnering numerous awards and recognition.