applies only to the U.S. House of
the process of allocating the 435 seats in
the U.S. House of Representatives among the
50 states based on each state’s population
as determined by the most recent federal
Therefore, reapportionment occurs
once every 10 years after the census.
is the process of redrawing the boundary
lines of the districts from which public
officials are elected.
II. Who does redistricting?
The Constitution of Louisiana provides
that the legislature is responsible for
redraws district boundaries for the U.S.
House of Representatives, the Louisiana
Supreme Court and other courts, the Public
Service Commission (PSC), and the Board of
Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
The Louisiana House of Representatives has
delegated the responsibility for initial
plan development to the
House & Governmental Affairs Committee.
III. How is redistricting done?
Redistricting plans, like other
legislation, are passed by the Legislature
These bills are
introduced and heard in committees before
being considered by the entire body on the
House and Senate floors. Once both
houses of the Legislature finally pass a
redistricting bill, that bill, as is true
for all bills, is subject to the Governor's
approval or veto (See “How
a Bill Becomes Law”).
newly drawn election districts cannot be
implemented until the plans are approved by
the U.S. Department of Justice or the U.S.
District Court for the
District of Columbia
Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
a districting plan is approved by the
Justice Department or court, it will
generally remain in effect until the next
round of redistricting following the next
IV. What is the time-line?
The Constitution of Louisiana mandates
that legislative districts be redrawn by
December 31, 2011.
legislative elections take place in the fall
of 2011, the real deadline will be earlier.
To meet the
statutory preclearance submission deadline,
legislative districts must be enacted and
precleared by August 29, 2011.
The same is true
the PSC, and the Supreme Court, whose
elections will take place in the summer and
fall of 2012, the plans for those districts
must be enacted and precleared by June27,
for the time line
for the House of Representatives’
V. How do I obtain copies of statistics,
maps, committee notices, and other
redistricting home page contains a wealth of
information, much of which may be downloaded
or printed directly from the page [follow
this link to our Redistricting Home Page].
detailed information concerning population
may be obtained from the
Census Bureau’s website, from the
from the Louisiana House of Representatives
through a public records request.
there will be a charge associated with any
document or map procured from the House of
of ALL Legislative committee meetings may be
obtained using the following link [LINK].
To learn more
about redistricting in general, visit the
website of the
National Conference of State Legislatures.
To learn more about the Legislative Process, visit the home page of the
I. How do I
make my voice heard?
There are two primary methods for
voicing your opinion:
public hearings and expressing your concerns
and (2) contacting your representative.
When speaking at a public meeting, it is
advisable to be as brief in your
presentation as is possible, present your
points in a concise manner, and be specific
about what it is you want or expect.
When communicating with your representative,
it is advisable to reduce your presentation
to writing and ensure that your
representative has a copy.
In the near future this
will allow you to access the schedule of the
public hearings of the House & Governmental
Please check back to this page often.
VII. Who is my current representative?
The current membership of the Louisiana House of Representatives by name
or district number (which is printed on your
voter registration card) is available
An address-based search is available
VIII. How do I contact the House and
Governmental Affairs Committee?
The mailing address for the committee is:
House & Governmental Affairs Committee
P. O. Box
The telephone number for the Committee is:
The fax number for the Committee is:
this link to contact the committee by
email, or send an e-mail directly to