Louisiana leaders gear up for redistricting as population moves south

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Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 2:00 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - More and more people are moving out of north Louisiana and instead moving down state, according to Census data.

State lawmakers are expected to meet early in 2022 for a special session to address redistricting. During the session, they will use the data to redraw Louisiana’s maps for the U.S. House, state legislature, state education board, and other elected office seats.

“What the Census has told us is that people are leaving north Louisiana and moving, really, along I-10 and I-12,” said John Stefanski, the chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee in the Louisiana House of Representatives. “As a member of the legislature, it tells me that your districts in north Louisiana, generally, are going to get larger, geographically, in order to compensate for those people. The ones along the I-10, I-12 corridor should be more compact.”

Louisiana’s population grew 2.7%, according to Census data. Meanwhile, neighboring states Arkansas and Texas grew 3.3% and 15.9% respectively.

“What we really need folks to understand is this is about representation,” said Lisa Johnson, president and CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce.

A meeting will be held with state and local leaders Oct. 21 at LSU Shreveport to discuss redistricting.

For more information on redistricting, click here.

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