Bossier City Council Postpones Redistricting Hearing to July 5 | Community

BOSSIER CITY, La. — The redistricting controversy isn’t over in Bossier City.

There are two proposed plans for new district maps: a map of five districts with two general seats which aligns with the current composition of the district council or a map of seven districts without general seats which could perhaps create two districts majority minorities. The council currently has only one majority minority district.

Lee Jeter Sr., president of the Bossier City NAACP, presented questions at Tuesday’s city council meeting about the proposed maps.

Proposed map of 7 single-member constituencies.

“We want the public to feel confident in this council that they have the public interest at heart, regardless of seat. We don’t care about their territory that they currently represent. What matters to us is that It’s about people being represented in city government,” Jeter said.

The subject was tabled at the city council on Tuesday. And another court date has been set for Thursday.

However, on Wednesday morning, the city issued a notice saying the public hearing was rescheduled for 3 p.m. on July 5 at the next regular council meeting.

This will give the public another opportunity to give feedback on the redistribution of Bossier City Council electoral wards with Proposed Map 2 or to submit alternative proposals.

This map, along with a map of the current district lines, will be on display for public inspection in the Municipal Hall Complex from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until the redistribution ordinance is passed.

Written comments will be received at the Clerk’s office until noon on July 5th.

Sam D. Gomez