Congressional Redistricting Debate Delayed Until Monday
The state House and Senate have adjourned for the week–putting scheduled debate of congressional redistricting plans on hold until Monday. Shreveport demographer Elliot Stonecipher says bills with vastly differing plans for creating six U.S. House districts are coming to an impasse at the Capitol.
GOP members and the Governor want to maintain two north Louisiana districts that reach south to I-10. Others want horizontal districts across northern and central Louisiana. Stonecipher says state congressional delegates mostly agreed on a plan weeks ago, and efforts are underway–behind closed doors–to assure that happens.
The governor has threatened to veto any remap plan that doesn’t adhere to the basic plan agreed upon by most of the 7 congressional delegates. Stonecipher feels lawmakers are now allowing themselves to be led in the redistricting process by the Governor’s Office.