Posted: Dec 15, 2009 2:03 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick
HOUSE TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS ON REDISTRICTING
First Forum to be Held December 15 in Baton Rouge
The Louisiana House of Representatives will hold a series of nine regional pre-Census public forums on the Redistricting process beginning in mid -December and ending in February.
The purpose of the forums is to explain the process of redistricting, raise awareness of the importance of every citizen participating in the census, and to engage public participation in the Census and redistricting process.
The forums will be held in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Shreveport, Slidell, and Thibodaux.
In order to allow maximum public participation, all meetings will be held after work hours beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will be streamed live via the House Internet site at http://house.louisiana.gov/ .
The first forum will take place on Tuesday, December 15, in House Committee Room 6 at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. As stated above, the forum will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Presentations will be made by House staff on the Census, redistricting law, population trends in the region where the meeting is being held, current Census estimates for the region, and the timeline for 2011 Redistricting as it affects congressional, Public Service Commission, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), state Supreme Court, and state House of Representatives.
Taken every 10 years, the Census kicks-off April 1, 2010. It affects political representation on the federal, state and local levels and directs the allocation of billions of federal dollars in government funding to the states. After the census is complete, the
number of Congressional seats for each state is determined according to population or
reapportionment. Once this is complete, redistricting begins. The legislature will redraw
congressional, legislative, Public Service Commission, BESE and Supreme Court districts according to population changes.
Every year, more than $300 billion in federal funds are awarded to states and communities based on census data, or more than $3 trillion over a 10-year period. Census data also guides local decision-makers in important community planning efforts, including where to build new roads, hospitals and schools.
Due to the lack of population growth over the last 10 years, Louisiana is expected to lose a congressional seat. Current estimates suggest that federal and state districts will change due to the population shifts in the state, including those resulting from the hurricanes in 2005.
For information regarding the redistricting process, general and meeting information, please visit the Louisiana House Redistricting Web page at http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Redistricting2011/ .
Dec. 15, 2009: Regional public hearing in Baton Rouge on redistricting process & law
Jan. 5, 2010: Regional public hearing in Lake Charles on redistricting process & law
Jan. 11, 2010: Regional public hearing in Alexandria on redistricting process & law
Jan. 14, 2010: Regional public hearing in Lafayette on redistricting process & law
Jan. 19, 2010: Regional public hearing in Thibodaux on redistricting process & law
Jan. 26, 2010: Regional public hearing in Slidell on redistricting process & law
Jan. 28, 2010: Regional public hearing in New Orleans on redistricting process & law
Feb. 1, 2010: Regional public hearing in Shreveport on redistricting process & law
Feb. 2, 2010: Regional public hearing in Monroe on redistricting process & law
April 1, 2010: Census Day
December 2010: President of the U.S. notified of the population of each state
January 2011: State informed about number of congressional seats allocated to Louisiana
February 2011: Census data is delivered to the Legislature
February 2011: Committee hearing on Census data
Feb.-March 2011: Public hearings around the state
April 2011: Proposed Extraordinary Session to establish new Legislative, Congressional,
Supreme Court, Public Service Commission, and Board of Elementary and
Secondary Education (BESE) districts
Dec. 31, 2011: State constitutional deadline for the legislature to redistrict itself