“Congressional map with Gov. Jeff Landry’s backing clears Louisiana Senate”

Louisiana Illuminator:

The Louisiana Senate gave its approval Wednesday to a congressional redistricting proposal that increases the number of majority-Black districts to two out of six. Gov. Jeff Landry backs the legislation that faces an end-of-month deadline for approval. 

Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Glen Womack, R-Harrisonburg, turns the 6th Congressional District, which U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, holds, into a majority-Black district that stretches diagonally across the center of the state from Caddo Parish in northwest Louisiana to East Baton Rouge Parish. 

The bill was passed with a 27-11 vote, with Republicans accounting for all of the no votes. 

A congressional redistricting plan must be approved before the special session ends at 6 p.m.Tuesday to comply with an order from a U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick, who gave the legislature until Jan. 31 to redraw the lines. A version lawmakers passed in 2022, retained a single majority-Black district, led to a lawsuit from a group of Black voters to block its boundaries from taking effect. 

U.S. Speaker of the House Mike Johnson continues to try to derail the deal.

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