BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — House Speaker Clay Schexnayder and Senate President Page Cortez released a joint statement calling the Governor’s special session regarding congressional redistricting a ‘waste of taxpayer money’.

Both are calling on Gov. Edwards to cancel the special session.

“The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal has issued a stay of the June 6 district court’s ruling regarding congressional redistricting rendering the Governor’s proclamation calling and convening the Legislature into a special session unnecessary and premature. Until the courts have made a final determination on the congressional maps as they were passed by a super majority of the Legislature, we are asking the Governor to rescind his special session call. Before the judicial redistricting process is complete, any special session would be premature and a waste of taxpayer money.”