The Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee will also consider an unlikely-to-pass bill that would allow for a president to be elected by popular vote. Two more bills have been introduced to change the number of Members in the Legislature: One would reduce the membership from 49 Members to 45, and the other would increase it to 50 Members.
Louisiana: Post-Mardi-Gras Fun With Early Deadlines
As one of four states that will hold state legislative elections in 2011, the Pelican State is on an accelerated timetable for redistricting. Because the Voting Rights Act requires that new maps be cleared by the Department of Justice, the state is under pressure to get it done sooner.
After getting precinct-by-precinct data from the Census Bureau earlier this month, the state is moving forward with its first public hearings on redistricting in Covington and New Orleans on Thursday. Those will take place throughout the state through the beginning of March.
Starting on March 20, Louisiana will hold what the state has dubbed an “extraordinary session” to draw lines for districts as small as school districts to as large as Congressional districts.
By early May, the state has to submit its plan to DOJ. It’s likely the first map won’t be the final map. If DOJ asks for changes, the lines will have to be redrawn, and eventually a panel of judges may convene to draw the lines. It must be done by Aug. 29 so local elections can be held this fall.
The other states holding 2011 elections are Virginia, New Jersey and Mississippi.
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From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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