BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- The Louisiana State Legislature will hold a series of nine regional public forums on the redistricting process beginning in Oct. and ending in mid-Jan. The forums will explain the process of redistricting, raise awareness of the importance, and engage the public.
The forums will be held in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Covington, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Thibodaux. All meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be streamed live via the Legislative Redistricting site, Facebook, and YouTube. To view the meetings on any of these platforms, visit https://redist.legis.la.gov/live.
Legislative staff will make presentations regarding the Census, redistricting law, and population trends in the region where the meeting is being held. Attendees will also find out more information on the current Census estimates for the region, and the timeline for 2021 redistricting, which affects the districts of Congress, Public Service Commission, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), state Supreme Court, state Senate, and the state House of Representatives. Taken every ten years, the Census affects political representation on the federal, state, and local levels. It directs the allocation of billions of federal dollars in government funding to the states. After the Census is complete, each state’s number of congressional seats is determined according to population or reapportionment. Once this is complete, redistricting begins.
For information regarding the redistricting process, general and meeting information, please visit the Louisiana Legislative Redistricting web page at https://redist.legis.la.gov/.