POSTED: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 6:46am
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:55am
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 UPDATE
Rep. Greg Cromer's bill to redefine the state's six congressional districts cleared the House and Governmental Affairs Committee this afternoon and now moves to the House floor.
His bill keeps the 1st and 2nd congressional districts largely intact, while the 3rd and 7th districts essentially combine. The 4th and 5th Districts in North Louisiana remain largely as they are, but both extend southward from their current boundaries.
"Remapping the state's congressional districts is a challenge under the best of circumstances, but in a year when we are losing a seat in the House of Representatives it is particularly unpleasant," Cromer said. "Our goal in this map was to preserve the number of coastal districts, and extending the 6th District through LaFourche Parish accomplishes that. As a representative of Lake Pontchartrain's Northshore, as well, I'm also concerned with maintaining the placement of St. Tammany, Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes in the 1st District."
Cromer said while the map will be tweaked once it reaches the full House next week, he hopes it will remain unchanged in any significant way.
The House's Redistricting Committee is working on it's verson of a redesign for the State's congressional districts--this would shrink the districts from 7 to 6 because of population adjustments across the nation. Lawmakers are debating whether to protect two vertical North Louisiana Congressional Districts by stretching them further into the south-- or to redesign them into horizontal North and Central Louisiana Districts. Black legislators are pushing to create second minority district.