Federal judge will draw new Louisiana congressional map after Legislature fails to act

Source: Lafayette Daily Advertiser

“A federal judge will draw a new Louisiana congressional map with a second [b]lack district after the Legislature failed to draw new boundaries of its own in a Special Session that ended Saturday without the passage of any bill. Louisiana Middle District U.S. Judge Shelly Dick will now draw her own map for the state from the bench. Dick, who ruled June 6 that the congressional map passed by lawmakers in February violated the Voting Rights Act because it kept just one majority [b]lack district, had given the Legislature a deadline of June 20 to pass new boundaries or she would take over. Republican House Speaker Clay Schexnayder of Gonzales and Republican Senate President Page Cortez had unsuccessfully argued the Legislature needed more time to create a new map, a motion Dick denied in court Thursday.” (06/18/22)