Veto override session to begin Wednesday for Louisiana redistricting

Margin for veto override remains thin

By: - March 28, 2022 1:57 pm
Gov. Edwards calls lawmakers into special session after judge rejects redistricting map

Louisiana Senators talk during a recess of floor debate on a redistricting map (pictured in background) on Feb. 18, 2022. (Wes Muller/Louisiana Illuminator)

Louisiana lawmakers will begin a veto override session at noon Wednesday to try to approve a congressional redistricting map that Gov. John Bel Edwards rejected, according to ballots that legislators submitted last week. The results were made public Monday. 

The decision to hold the veto session was mostly along party lines with all 12 Senate Democrats and 32 House Democrats returning ballots that indicated they did not want to hold the session. One Democrat, Rep. Francis Thompson of Delhi, sided with Republicans.  

Edwards vetoed two identical U.S. House maps that lawmakers approved in February. They maintain the status quo of white Republican control in five of Louisiana’s six congressional districts despite Census data showing one-third of the state’s population is Black. 

The veto session will require lawmakers to pause the current 2022 Regular Session for up to five days and reconvene once the override session is completed. 

Overriding Edwards’ veto, which requires a two-thirds vote in each chamber, will be a difficult though not impossible challenge as Republicans hold a super-majority in the Senate but are two votes shy in the House.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.

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