BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Shortly after a federal judge determined that the Congressional maps approved by the Louisiana legislature should include another majority Black congressional district, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that a special session will be held so that the new maps can be drawn up.
In her ruling Chief Judge Shelly Dick gave Louisiana lawmakers until July 20 to draw a map compliant with Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act.
A notice of appeal has already been filed and will go before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Governor Edwards on Monday said that there should have been a second majority-Black district included in the six districts that were approved and pointed to the fact that Louisiana’s population is nearly one-third Black.