Posted: Apr 14, 2011 5:54 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Apr 14, 2011 5:54 PM
St. Landry Parish will soon be a district divided. The final congressional redistricting plans have been signed by Governor Jindal. After weeks of heated debates, the house and senate finally reached a compromise. The division of St. Landry Parish means three people will represent one area's interest.
State Senator, Elbert Guillory, said"this redistricting business has been a battle versus New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana. They've lost population but they haven't wanted to give up any of their power."
The final plan slices St. Landry Parish into three districts. St. Landry Parish President, Don Menard, said, "that's the disappointing part. The Acadiana region for the most part is the same kind of people, but we have to keep in mind we are all Louisianians."
Senator Guillory represents the Opelousas area and voted for the approved plan. He said the parish splitting up could give residents a bigger voice.
He explained, "we have enough voting power in three districts to make over feelings felt. It is going to work for us. It has to work for us. We have no choice."
Menard added, "hopefully when we do need to go to Washington we'll have a good number of people representing us."
Officials say this isn't the first time the parish has been so split up and likely won't be the last because of it's central location in the state.
Guillory said, " which means if there's some place in the state to get cut it's Saint Landry Parish."
The process isn't over yet, after receiving the approval of Governor Jindal. The plans will have to receive the okay from the U.S. Justice Department.