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|Anders expects district to remain in tact|
Rep. Andy Ander's House district will escape the special legislative session largely untouched in spite of efforts to create more minority districts throughout the state.
That was the assessment Anders gave Tuesday, just two days into the special session, which was convened to tackle redistricting in light of the 2010 Census. The special session got under way Sunday at the capitol in Baton Rouge. It must conclude no later than April 13.
"I gained a few here and lost a few there," said Anders, referring to minor changes House District 21 will undergo under a redistricting plan advocated by Speaker of the House Jim Tucker.
"My district is going to be one of the long, long Delta districts that covers all the row crops in Louisiana," said Anders, D-Clayton.
Anders's District 21 is considered one of the minority districts in the House of Representatives, though a minority has never been elected in District 21. The district stretches from the Arkansas line along the Mississippi River to the southern tip of Concordia Parish. It is comprised of portions of East Carroll, Madison, Tensas and Concordia parishes.
State lawmakers are required to redraw legislative districts every 10 years following the Census. The 2010 Census showed Louisiana experienced modest population growth over the past decade. The city of New Orleans as well as most of northeastern Louisiana lost population over the past 10 years. In northeastern Louisiana, only Concordia and Ouachita parishes experienced population growth from 2000-2010.
Anders likened the redistricting process to stacking dominoes.
"When you knock one of them down, you have to knock the rest of them down and start over," said Anders.
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