Feb 16, 2011 6:39 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of the Louisiana House
committee that will lead the redesign of the state's political maps is advising lawmakers against committing to any map designs yet.
Ruston Rep. Rick Gallot, chairman of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee, gave that piece of advice to committee members Tuesday as they reviewed detailed 2010 Census figures.
Gallot, a Democrat, says lawmakers still need to get public comment for redistricting efforts.
Lawmakers are holding a series of public hearings on
redistricting around the state, starting Thursday in Covington. The meetings run through March 1.
The Legislature meets in a March 20 special session to redraw district boundary lines for the state House and Senate, the Public Service Commission, state education board, Louisiana Supreme Court, state appeals courts and a U.S. House delegation that will drop from seven members to six.