Published: Feb. 2, 2022
By: Piper Hutchinson, LSU Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE — Battle lines were being drawn between Democrats and Republicans in the Louisiana Legislature Tuesday as the two sides proposed new congressional maps as a special redistricting session got underway.
Democrats are pushing for a second of the six congressional districts that would be likely to elect a Black representative.
Map proposals filed by State Sen. Cleo Fields, D-Baton Rouge, would redraw congressional District 5 to be majority Black. The district is currently represented by Republican Rep. Julia Letlow.
The new district would run down from the northeast corner of the state, hugging the Mississippi border and going as far south as East Baton Rouge Parish.
On the other side of the trenches, Republicans are proposing to make minor changes to current congressional maps, preserving the current balance of power in the congressional delegation.
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