House Speaker refuses request to change remap firm
BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Jim Tucker says he won't hire a different law firm to represent the House in its remapping effort, despite complaints the current firm has a conflict of interest.
Tucker says he chose Washington, D.C.-based Holtzman Vogel PLLC because of its expertise. He denies his decision should raise concerns. He refused Wednesday to consider choosing a new company to shepherd the redesign of the 105 House districts through federal review.
The head of the Democrats' legislative caucus, Rep. John Bel Edwards, says Holtzman Vogel has a conflict because one of its lawyers gave advice to the Republican caucus during debate over how to redraw the House districts. Edwards says the company can't properly represent the entire House after advising only one group of House members.