Legislation to move up LA’s presidential primary headed to Jindal’s desk
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) -- In a display of bipartisan cooperation, the Louisiana House and Senate have sent legislation to the governor to enhance the state's position on the 2016 presidential primary calendar.
"This is an example of how Democrats and Republicans can work together to benefit the state of Louisiana," said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. "By moving up our primary by two weeks we are positioning Louisiana as part of the all-important Super Tuesday week."
"Louisiana's diverse population is a cross section of America. We deserve a place at the table as one of the early primary states that will determine our 2016 presidential nominees," said LAGOP Chair Roger Villere. "This legislation enhances our state's status nationally -- something Louisiana Republicans and Democrats can agree on."
House Bill 431, as amended in the Senate, would move the state's presidential primary to the first Saturday in March. The bill passed the Senate and House with unanimous support and now heads to the governor's desk for his signature.