Posted: Jun 20, 2011 6:32 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - The redesign of the Louisiana House's 105 seats has received clearance from the U.S. Justice Department.
House Speaker Jim Tucker made the announcement Monday on the House floor, to cheers. A DOJ letter confirms that the department "does not interpose any objection."
Federal approval came despite complaints from black lawmakers that the House didn't include enough minority districts.
Louisiana's maps require approval from federal officials under the 1965 Voting Rights Act, to ensure they don't discriminate against minorities in a state with a history of inequitable treatment of blacks.
No word yet on the Senate remapping.
In a special redistricting session earlier this year, both the House and Senate voted to add new minority districts in their chambers, but black lawmakers said the new maps dilute minority voting strength.