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Legislative power shift to Baton Rouge

4 years ago February 04, 2011 Feb 4, 2011 Friday, February 04 2011 Friday, February 04, 2011 5:20:52 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mike Steele

BATON ROUGE- Political analysts say you can expect a power shift at the state capitol. 

Areas like Baton Rouge, Lafayette and the Northshore had big population increases over the last ten years.  Orleans Parish saw a large drop, mostly because of Hurricane Katrina.  Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says that means areas like Baton Rouge will have more representation in the legislature.  Erwin says that can give the region more influence when decisions are being made on infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. 

Lafayette Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley says it's difficult growing at the expense of other metropolitan areas, but he says more representation in the legislature could be a benefit. 

Political analysts say expect a major battle as lines for both congressional and legislative districts are drawn.  The legislature has called for a special session to get that work done.  It starts March 20th.

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