BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers are getting ready to debate the remapping of congressional seats in a special redistricting session.

Any way the House and Senate choose to slice it, surely some of the regions that have worked together for decades will be torn apart.

Rural rice and crawfish farmers in southwest Louisiana's prairie could be divided. French-speaking villages and towns in Acadiana may be broken apart. Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, with their fishing communities and oil industry towns, could be split in two. And Baton Rouge could be separated from its suburbs.

The lawmakers will debate redistricting Monday.

The issue has become divisive. Municipal leaders and local residents are charging that lawmakers are focusing too heavily on protecting incumbent congressmen and party interests.