Call Of The Day - In Committee Today - HB504 - The Reapportionment Transparency Act

Fair Districts Louisiana has introduced a bill to help Louisiana voters return to selecting their legislators, instead of the currently gerrymandered system of legislators selecting their voters. Following the 2020 census the redistricting process will start which effects the state’s legislative and congressional districts, the state supreme court, the Public Service Commission, and all the way to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) districts. This bill is in committee today!

As the maps of the new districts emerge, HB 504 provides for the following:

  1. A 5-day waiting period for citizen reviews

  2. Ten public meetings throughout the state for citizen reviews

  3. A study to recommend best practices for in zoning reapportionment for competitive democracy.

A one page summary of HB 504 prepared by Fair Districts Louisiana can be downloaded here.

Since HB 504 is in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee this Wednesday, May 1st, it’s important to let the committee know it’s got our support! Here’s a link to the Louisiana House of Representative website containing the list of committee members. In addition to the phone numbers at the bottom of the page for the committee staff, the list also contains email links to the committee members!

THREE CALLS TO MAKE:

  1. Patricia Lowrey, the Legislative Analyst at (225) 342-2396

  2. Mark Mahaffey, the Attorney at (225) 342-2598

  3. Andrea Simmons, the Secretary at (225) 342-2403

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].

I'm calling in support of HB 504, the Reapportionment Transparency Act. Free and fair elections are the bedrock of American democracy. In this era of bitter partisanship, I believe that bolstering our democracy should transcend party and ideology.

Thank you.