Republicans in the state House and Senate presented the new map at a committee meeting Monday morning. They are expected to approve a Congressional map by the end of the legislative session on April 29.
Louisiana: Delegation Wants New Lines to Wait Until 2012
Bayou State lawmakers are working up to the last minute on a new Congressional map despite a written plea from the delegation and the governor to wait until next yearís legislative session to finish their work.
Several local news outlets reported over the weekend that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) and five Republicans in the Congressional delegation penned a letter to state lawmakers asking them to postpone drawing the new map until next yearís legislative session.
The letter was signed by GOP Reps. John Fleming, Jeff Landry, Rodney Alexander, Bill Cassidy and Steve Scalise. Rep. Charles Boustany, who has caused a rift in the delegation over the district he prefers, was the only House Republican from the state who did not sign on to the letter.
Despite the delegationís request, however, the state Senate continued work on the Congressional map.
State lawmakers were expected to finish the new map by the end of the special session Wednesday evening but have been struggling to agree on the new boundaries in the past couple of weeks.
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