State Lawmakers hurry to redistrict
POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 6:39pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:55pm
April 11, 2011 — BATON ROUGE (NBC33) - Time is running out for lawmakers at the State Capitol.
The State Senate is still in a special session to figure out the how they're going to redistrict the state after population shifts.
Five of the state's seven congressmen sent a letter to Governor Jindal this weekend suggesting the debate be put on hold until next year. Governor Jindal supports that plan.
Some state lawmakers told NBC 33 today that waiting will not benefit tax payers. They say a compromise needs to made at the close of this session, which is will happen in just over 48 hours.
"I think we called ourselves into session to do what we were supposed to do which is create districts, and we're looking for districts where there's a common interest, community interest, that's what we've been working towards." said State Representative Eric LaFleur
"Doesn't do us any good to wait unit next year to try to draw these plans besides we don't need another special session to cost the taxpayers of Louisiana 100,000 dollars a day when we can do it right now, while we're here." said State Representative John Edwards