Posted: Mar 18, 2011 2:51 PM
Source: Associated Press
BATON ROUGE - The first draft of a remapping plan for Louisiana's state House districts would cut six districts from the metropolitan New Orleans area and shift them to the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and to Baton Rouge and its suburbs.
House Speaker Jim Tucker unveiled the proposed revamp of the 105 districts Friday to the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. It will be a starting point for the redesign when a special redistricting session begins Sunday.
Many of the adjustments are tied to post-Hurricane Katrina population moves. Tucker says only four districts would be untouched.
In at least three instances, two incumbents would be forced to run against each other to keep their seats.