|State website:||house.louisiana.gov/h_redistricting2011 and senate.legis.state.la.us/redist2011|
|2010-cycle districts:||Congress, State Senate, State House « NEW|
|2000-cycle districts:||Congress, State Senate, State House|
|Primary governing law:||La. Const. art. III, § 6|
Congress: On April 14, 2011, the governor signed HB 6, which was precleared on August 1. On November 14, the state Attorney General filed a lawsuit challenging the Census count, in an attempt to gain an additional congressional district; that suit was dismissed on March 19, 2012. On November 25, 2013, another suit was filed, challenging district 2 as an unconstitutional racial gerrymander.
State leg.: On April 14, 2011, the governor signed HB 1 and SB 1; HB 1 was precleared (despite an NAACP request for an objection) on June 20, and SB 1 was precleared on June 28.
Redistricting political control:
Governor State Senate State House Congressional lines R 19 D, 20 R 49 D, 52 R, 4 O State legislative lines R 19 D, 20 R 49 D, 52 R, 4 O 2000 cong. lines R 25 D, 14 R 70 D, 34 R 2000 state lines R 25 D, 14 R 70 D, 34 R
Louisiana's congressional and state legislative lines are both drawn by the state legislature, as a regular statute, subject to gubernatorial veto. The members of the state House committee with responsibility for redistricting are listed here; the members of the state Senate committee are listed here.
The Louisiana constitution grants the state Supreme Court jurisdiction to redraw state legislature lines if the legislature fails to do so. No similar provision exists for congressional lines. [La. Const. art. III, § 6(B)]
Census data were delivered to Louisiana on February 3, 2011.
Louisiana state law does not impose a particular deadline for drawing congressional lines, though candidates must file for congressional primary elections by August 17, 2012. [La. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-467(2), -468(a)]
The state constitution requires that state legislative lines be drawn by December 31, 2011, but with 2011 elections, the practical deadline is much earlier. Candidates must qualify for state legislative primary elections by September 8, 2011. [La. Const. art. III, § 6(A); La. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-467(1), -468(b)]
Louisiana places no limits on the ability to redraw congressional or state legislative district lines at any time, including before the next Census. [La. Op. Atty. Gen. No. 99-54 (1999)]
- Public input
Public hearings were scheduled around the state through February and March. Video of these hearings, and presentations and comments presented at them, are available here for the state House, and here for the state Senate.
Like all states, Louisiana must comply with constitutional equal population requirements. [La. Const. art. III, § 6]
Louisiana must also, like all states, abide by section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. Louisiana is further considered a "covered state" under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, with the obligation to submit redistricting plans to the Department of Justice or to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to ensure that the plans do not discriminate against minority communities.
Louisiana's state legislative committees tasked with redistricting adopted further guidelines for redrawing congressional and state legislative districts. The guidelines call for districts to be contiguous, and to respect recognized political boundaries and the natural geography of the state to the extent practicable. These guidelines can be modified by the legislature at any time. [House Comm. on House and Gov't Affairs, Committee Rules for Redistricting; Sen. Comm. on Sen. and Gov't Affairs, Committee Rules for Redistricting]
- 2010 cycle cases
Buckley v. Schedler, No. 3:13-cv-00763 (M.D. La.): an action in federal court challenging a Louisiana congressional district, alleging racial gerrymandering unsupported by a compelling state interest in the wake of Shelby County v. Holder.
- Complaint (Nov. 25, 2013).
The latest: The complaint was filed on November 25, 2013.
Ceasar v. Jindal, No. 6:12-cv-02198 (W.D. La.) & No. 13-30521 (5th Cir.): an action in federal court challenging Louisiana's congressional districts, alleging racial gerrymandering and violations of the Voting Rights Act.
- Trial court - Motion for preliminary injunction (app.) (Aug. 16, 2012).
- Motion for default judgment (Nov. 7).
- Order dismissing case (Mar. 18, 2013).
- Court of appeals - Notice of appeal (Apr. 18).
- Order dismissing case for absence of docketing fee (June 14).
The latest: An initial pleading, styled as a motion for preliminary injunction, was filed on August 16, 2012. On March 18, 2013, the court noted that the plaintiff's ability to file without fees had been revoked after litigation in an unrelated case, and that he had been barred from filing further litigation until costs and fees were paid in a separate unrelated case. The court dismissed this lawsuit without prejudice to refiling once the prior fees were paid.
La. House of Representatives v. Holder, No. 1:11-cv-00770 (D.D.C.): an action in federal court requesting preclearance of Louisiana's state House districts, in parallel to the state's attempt to preclear maps through the DOJ's administrative process.
- Complaint (Apr. 21, 2011).
The latest: After state House districts were precleared, the case was dismissed on June 21, 2011.
Louisiana v. Bryson, No. 22O140 ORG (U.S. Sup. Ct.): an original action in the Supreme Court, challenging the inclusion of "non-immigrant foreign nationals" in the Census Count, and alleging that an adjusted count would entitle Louisiana to an additional Congressional representative.
- Complaint (Nov. 14, 2011).
- Amicus briefs by Sec. Kobach, Eagle Forum (Jan. 13).
- Amicus briefs by Judicial Watch, U.S. Border Control et al. (Jan. 13).
- Opposition by Sec. Commerce et al. (Feb. 13), reply (Feb. 29).
- Order denying motion to file complaint, dismissing case (Mar. 19).
The latest: On March 19, the Court denied plaintiffs' motion to file an original action in the Supreme Court, terminating the case.
- 2000 cycle
In the 2000 redistricting cycle, Louisiana's legislature enacted congressional plans on October 19, 2001, which were precleared on April 1, 2002. The legislature enacted both state Senate and state House plans on October 16, 2001. The Senate plans were precleared through the Department of Justice on July 2, 2002, but the state sought preclearance through federal court in Washington, D.C., for House plans. A settlement led to a new state House plan enacted by the legislature on May 7, 2003, and precleared on May 20, 2003. It appears that the plans were not further challenged in court.
- Other state links
Advancement Project, Louisiana Redistricting: Rules of Engagement in a Nutshell