May 24, 2011 6:12 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A redesign of the eight elected
districts for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature.
The Senate voted 33-1 Monday for the map that accounts for population shifts over the last decade, as shown in the latest federal census data. It heads back to the House for one more vote
and then to the governor's desk.
Lawmakers didn't complete the BESE reshaping during their March
redistricting special session, so they're trying to complete the
work in their regular session. The state needs federal approval for
the design of the districts under the Voting Rights Act before
those maps can be used in this fall's BESE elections.