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Mar 24, 2011 9:37 AM by Nichole Larkey & AP

House and Senate redesigns up for debate Thursday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Plans to reshape state lawmakers' 144 districts are up for debate in the House and Senate redistricting committees.
Both the House and Senate governmental affairs committees will meet Thursday to vote on proposed maps to redesign their chambers' political boundary lines. Among the major points of contention were debates over how many majority black districts each body should have, to comply with the Voting Rights Act and get approval from
the U.S. Justice Department.
Louisiana's new maps must be approved by federal officials, to ensure adequate minority representation.
The work is part of a three-week special session to adjust state
legislative, U.S. House, Public Service Commission and state
education board districts to match the latest census data. The
session must end by April 13.

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