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Redistricting 2021-2024 Timeline

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Supreme Court Grants a Stay

May 15, 2024

The Supreme Court just granted a stay in Robinson v. Callais! SB8 will be the map for 2024 and Black voters will have an opportunity to elect their candidates of choice in two districts.

Panel Convenes for Status Hearing

May 6, 2024

On May 6th, 2024 the panel reconvened for a status hearing to discuss the remedial process of drawing a map in time for the November elections. The judges shared deadlines for the next steps. May 17 – New Maps to be Submitted: Each party may submit their proposal which is limited to one map per party. The proposal shall include both evidence and argument supporting the map. Evidence in support of the propsal may be attached as exhibits. May 24 – Responses to be Submitted: Each party may file a single response, responding to one or mor of the other parties’ proposed maps. May 30 – Hearing to be Held: Hearing to be held in Lafayette, LA Courtroom 1 before Judge Carl E. Stewart, District Judges Robert R. Summerhays and David C Joseph to consider arguments in support of their proposal and against any other party’s proposal. Argument shall be limited to forty-five minutes per party.

Majority Opinion Strikes Down New Map

April 30, 2024

On Tuesday April 30th two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump (Judge David C. Joseph and Judge Robert R. Summerhays) authored the majority opinion which ultimately struck down the new congressional map that contained two-minority majority districts in the state of Louisiana. This major roadblock leaves Louisiana without a finalized map just six months before the November Elections. The two judges of the three judge panel found the map approved by the Louisiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Landry to be “an impermissible racial gerrymander in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Of the three judge panel one judge who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton was in favor of the proposed map.

Group Files Lawsuit Challenging New Map

January 31, 2024

12 days later, on January 31st, a group filed a lawsuit against the newly map signed into law (Callais v. Landry), challenging the map under the 14th Amendment claiming racial gerrymandering. The three panel judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and struck down the new congressional map. This leaves Louisiana without settled congressional maps, 6 months before the November elections, which poses a major roadblock.

Second Black-majority U.S. House District Created!

January 19, 2024

On January 19, 2024, Louisiana lawmakers approved a new congressional map that creates a second Black-majority U.S. House District!

Special Redistricting Session Begins

January 15, 2024

The Louisiana State Legislature convenes to try and pass a new map.  The session will run from January 15 – 23, 2024.

Fifth Circuit Vacates Injunction

November 2, 2023

The Fifth Circuit vacates injunction, deeming a new map can and should be fully enacted for 2024.

Oral Arguments Began

October 6, 2023

Oral Arguments began at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 600 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. We argued the merits of the case, which is the question of whether the enacted maps violate the Voting Rights Act.

Robinson v. Ardoin Injunction Hearing Announced

July 17, 2023

The Middle District Court ordered the preliminary injunction hearing to enact a new congressional map will advance on October 3-5 at 9:00 AM CT in Courtroom Three, Russell B. Long Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 777 Florida St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801.

Temporary Halt Lifted on Robinson v. Ardoin

June 26, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the temporary halt on the lawsuit, which had been paused in the Louisiana case. This pause occurred while the court was examining a similar challenge concerning Alabama’s congressional map. The Supreme Court’s order of lifting the temporary halt on the lawsuit will allow Louisiana’s challenge to continue ahead of time for the 2024 congressional elections.  

Opinion Given on Alan v. Milligan

June 8, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court Issued its opinion in Allen v. Milligan where they affirmed the importance of fair maps under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Allen v. Milligan (formerly Merrill v. Milligan) Heard at Supreme Court

October 4, 2022

Merrill v. Milligan to be heard at the Supreme Court ahead of Robinson v. Ardoin.

Amicus Brief Filed

July 18, 2022

Amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs in Robinson v. Ardoin filed in a similar case from Alabama Merrill v. Milligan

Arguments in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals are Scheduled

July 8, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Issued a Stay

June 28, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay on the case of Robinson v. Ardoin while the Supreme Court considers a similar case from Alabama, Merrill v. Milligan. That case will go to oral argument October 4, 2022.

Testimony Given in the Senate

June 18, 2022

The Senate hears SB 3 by Senator Ward proposing two majority Black districts. Senator Ward pulls SB 3 after realizing a compromise cannot be met. Legislative Special Session adjourns early without creating a new map as ordered by the court. Five different bills filed would have created two majority-minority districts. Only one was reported from the committee.

Senate Bill 2

June 18, 2022

Senate Bill 2, Senator Sharon Hewitt, R-Slidell

Senate Bill 3

June 18, 2022

Senate Bill 3, Senator Rick Ward, R-Port Allen

Legislative Special Session adjourns early without creating a new map

June 18, 2022

Senate Convene/Adjourn Times of the 2022 Second Extraordinary Session:

Day 1: June 15, 2022
Convened: 12:35 PM
Adjourned 2:03 PM

Day 2: June 16, 2022
Convened: 4:30 PM
Adjourned 4:47 PM

Day 3: June 17, 2022
Convened: 5:31 PM
Adjourned 5:36 PM

Day 4: June 18, 2022
Convened: 10:22 AM
Adjourned 2:13 PM

House Bill 4

June 17, 2022

House Bill 4 by Representative Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge

House Bill 3

June 17, 2022

House Bill 3 by Representative Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge

House Bill 2

June 17, 2022

House Bill 2 by Representative Clay Schexnayder, R-Gonzales

House Bill 1

June 17, 2022

House Bill 1 by Royce Duplessis, D-New Orleans

Testimony Given

June 17, 2022

HB 1, 2, 3 & 4 are introduced.

House Convene/Adjourn Times of the 2022 Second Extraordinary Session:

Day 1: June 15, 2022
Convened: 12:42 PM
Adjourned 2:44 PM

Day 2: June 17, 2022
Convened: 4:25 PM
Adjourned 5:44 PM

Day 3: June 18, 2022
Convened: 2:03 PM
Adjourned 2:41 PM

House of Representatives Takes Day Off

June 16, 2022

The Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives gave members the day off. Filed motion to ask the federal judge for a 10-day extension to redraw Louisiana’s congressional districts to meet the court-ordered deadline of June 20, 2022. Judge Shelly Dick denied the request for more time to submit new congressional districts.

Special Redistricting Session Starts

June 15, 2022

The Louisiana Legislature met to start the Special Redistricting Session. The Senate hears SB 1 by Senator Fields. The House introduces four map bills in committee– HB 1, 2, 3, and 4.  

U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals lifted its temporary stay

June 13, 2022

Special redistricting session continues with June 20th deadline for a new map.

Power Coalition Mobilization and Redistricting Advocacy Day at the Louisiana State Capitol.

June 9, 2022

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Issued a Temporary Stay

June 8, 2022

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated its administrative stay of the federal district court’s decision overturning the state’s congressional map and denied motions to stay the district court’s decision pending appeal.

Special Session Called by Governor

June 7, 2022

Gov. John Bel Edwards called a special session, June 15 through June 20, of Louisiana’s Legislature to redraw Louisiana’s Congressional district maps with two majority Black districts, as required by the ruling of the U.S. Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Appeal Filed by Secretary of State

June 6, 2022

Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin appealed the district court’s decision to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Court Decision

June 6, 2022

Judge Shelly Dick of the U.S. Middle District Court of Louisiana struck down the congressional district boundaries that Louisiana enacted on March 30, 2022 when the state legislature overrode Gov. John Bel Edwards. The State Legislature ordered to produce a revised map of the state’s six congressional districts by June 20, 2022. Also directed the state to extend the filing deadline for House candidates, originally set for June 22, and adjusted to July 8. 

Federal Court Hearing Ends

May 13, 2022

Arguments wrapped up at the Middle District Court of Louisiana in the fight to challenge Louisiana’s congressional map.

Five-day Long Federal Court Hearing Begins

May 9, 2022

Civil rights groups turn to the federal court in what will be a five-day long hearing to block the enacted congressional maps.

Lawsuit Filed

March 30, 2022

Civil rights groups and Black Louisiana voters filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the state’s new congressional map as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

Legislature Overrides Govenor’s Veto

March 30, 2022

The Louisiana legislature overrode Gov. Edwards’s veto of the state’s new congressional maps.

Governor Vetoes Congressional Redistricting Map

March 9, 2022

Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes the congressional redistricting map drawn by Louisiana’s Legislature because it does not add a second majority-minority district. He also announced he would not sign the state House and Senate district maps passed in the redistricting session, allowing them to become law without his approval.

Special Redistricting Session Adjourned

February 18, 2022

Redistricting Roadshows Start

October 20, 2021

Redistricting Roadshows start. Power Coalition starts Redistricting mini-grants, Redistricting coffee chat trainings, Redistricting community dinners, and Faith-Based Teach-In Trainings. These events spanned across the state of Louisiana and some were held virtually.

Redistricting Crowd Academies

May 1, 2021

Power Coalition continues to prepare the community for conversation around redistricting by hosting Redistricting Crowd Academies.

Redistricting Fellows

February 1, 2021

Three Redistricting Fellows brought on to the Power Coalition team to help train and engage the community.

Census Ends

October 15, 2020

Redistricting Academies Held

September 15, 2020

Redistricting Academies held. Power Coalition started working around the state to train legislators and our communities on fair and equitable redistricting and representation.

Census Collection Begins

March 12, 2020

Census begins being collected. Power Coalition ran a year-long, statewide Count Me In campaign to get every person and community counted. The Count Me In campaign started before the COVID-19-related shutdowns occurred. The original campaign integrated in-person events, in-person canvassing, phone and text banking, as well as a robust digital campaign. With the stay-at-home order beginning in March, we quickly moved to a virtual campaign with targeted ads, text messages, phone banking, mailers, and a robust social media campaign that provided accurate, reliable and easy-to-understand information about the census.

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Supreme Court Grants a Stay

May 15, 2024

The Supreme Court just granted a stay in Robinson v. Callais! SB8 will be the map for 2024 and Black voters will have an opportunity to elect their candidates of choice in two districts.

Panel Convenes for Status Hearing

May 6, 2024

On May 6th, 2024 the panel reconvened for a status hearing to discuss the remedial process of drawing a map in time for the November elections. The judges shared deadlines for the next steps. May 17 – New Maps to be Submitted: Each party may submit their proposal which is limited to one map per party. The proposal shall include both evidence and argument supporting the map. Evidence in support of the propsal may be attached as exhibits. May 24 – Responses to be Submitted: Each party may file a single response, responding to one or mor of the other parties’ proposed maps. May 30 – Hearing to be Held: Hearing to be held in Lafayette, LA Courtroom 1 before Judge Carl E. Stewart, District Judges Robert R. Summerhays and David C Joseph to consider arguments in support of their proposal and against any other party’s proposal. Argument shall be limited to forty-five minutes per party.

Majority Opinion Strikes Down New Map

April 30, 2024

On Tuesday April 30th two judges appointed by former President Donald Trump (Judge David C. Joseph and Judge Robert R. Summerhays) authored the majority opinion which ultimately struck down the new congressional map that contained two-minority majority districts in the state of Louisiana. This major roadblock leaves Louisiana without a finalized map just six months before the November Elections. The two judges of the three judge panel found the map approved by the Louisiana Legislature and signed into law by Governor Landry to be “an impermissible racial gerrymander in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.” Of the three judge panel one judge who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton was in favor of the proposed map.

Group Files Lawsuit Challenging New Map

January 31, 2024

12 days later, on January 31st, a group filed a lawsuit against the newly map signed into law (Callais v. Landry), challenging the map under the 14th Amendment claiming racial gerrymandering. The three panel judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and struck down the new congressional map. This leaves Louisiana without settled congressional maps, 6 months before the November elections, which poses a major roadblock.

Second Black-majority U.S. House District Created!

January 19, 2024

On January 19, 2024, Louisiana lawmakers approved a new congressional map that creates a second Black-majority U.S. House District!

Special Redistricting Session Begins

January 15, 2024

The Louisiana State Legislature convenes to try and pass a new map.  The session will run from January 15 – 23, 2024.

Fifth Circuit Vacates Injunction

November 2, 2023

The Fifth Circuit vacates injunction, deeming a new map can and should be fully enacted for 2024.

Oral Arguments Began

October 6, 2023

Oral Arguments began at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 600 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. We argued the merits of the case, which is the question of whether the enacted maps violate the Voting Rights Act.

Robinson v. Ardoin Injunction Hearing Announced

July 17, 2023

The Middle District Court ordered the preliminary injunction hearing to enact a new congressional map will advance on October 3-5 at 9:00 AM CT in Courtroom Three, Russell B. Long Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 777 Florida St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801.

Temporary Halt Lifted on Robinson v. Ardoin

June 26, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court lifted the temporary halt on the lawsuit, which had been paused in the Louisiana case. This pause occurred while the court was examining a similar challenge concerning Alabama’s congressional map. The Supreme Court’s order of lifting the temporary halt on the lawsuit will allow Louisiana’s challenge to continue ahead of time for the 2024 congressional elections.  

Opinion Given on Alan v. Milligan

June 8, 2023

The U.S. Supreme Court Issued its opinion in Allen v. Milligan where they affirmed the importance of fair maps under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

Allen v. Milligan (formerly Merrill v. Milligan) Heard at Supreme Court

October 4, 2022

Merrill v. Milligan to be heard at the Supreme Court ahead of Robinson v. Ardoin.