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State Representative speaks to South Bossier group about redistricting

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Louisiana House District 9 State Representative Dodie Horton, R- Haughton, speaking to the South Bossier Lunch Group about redistricting on Wednesday, March 9. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

Louisiana House District 9 State Representative Dodie Horton, R- Haughton, spoke to the South Bossier Lunch Group on Wednesday, March 9 concerning the final decisions made by state legislators during the Louisiana Legislature’s special session on redistricting that took place from February 1 through February 20 in Baton Rouge. During the special session, state legislators considered statewide redistricting options for Louisiana’s congressional, state legislative, Supreme Court, Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Public Service Commission districts. Rep. Horton mostly concentrated on the outcomes for Louisiana’s state House and Senate districts during her presentation.

During her presentation, Rep. Horton also provided two maps showing the redrawn state legislative districts, including a new House district that will be a majority Bossier Parish district. She also mentioned that State Senate District 37 (which includes a portion of Bossier Parish) is going away in order to create a new district in South Louisiana. The new state senate district is needed in South Louisiana as a result of the increased population numbers reflected in the 2020 U.S. Census. As previously mentioned in the Bossier Press-Tribune, Bossier Parish was the only North Louisiana parish to show growth in the 2020 U.S. Census.

The South Bossier Lunch Group’s goal is to bring together men and women in the South Bossier community who want to stay informed and want to make a difference in their community. Their vision is that the luncheon will help South Bossier business owners, stakeholders, community leaders, and community partners network with each other in discussing the growth, development, and business future of South Bossier and Bossier City.

Editor’s Note: On Wednesday evening March 9, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoed the congressional district map recently redrawn during the special legislative session on the basis that the redrawn map does not fairly and equitably represent the one-third of Louisiana’s population that is Black. Louisiana’s Republican-dominated Legislature is expected to attempt an override of Governor Edwards’ veto. Redrawn maps for Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and Louisiana’s Public Service Commission were approved. The bills associated with these maps will be signed into law by Governor Edwards.

Governor Edwards has also announced that he will not sign the state House and Senate redistricting bills, as he intends to allow these bills to become law without his signature of approval. Though Governor Edwards is not pleased with the fact that these bills did not increase the number of minority-majority legislative districts at the state legislative level, he will allow them to become law because he feels that the state legislature will be far too busy to revisit the redistricting process during the upcoming regular legislative session that begins on March 14.

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