Proposed expansion of the LASC from 7 to 9 justices
28 May 2021
There’s a bill in the Louisiana Senate that, if approved by two-thirds of both houses of the Legislature and a majority of voters, would amend the Louisiana Constitution to expand the Louisiana Supreme Court from seven to nine justices, effective January 1, 2025. According to the Louisiana Illuminator, the bill had bipartisan support. The Illuminator gives this summary of the reasons for this proposal:
Both Republicans and Democrats are hoping to gain something from the bill, and lawmakers see it as an opportunity to have some control over the redrawing of state Supreme Court district lines before the U.S. Supreme Court does it for them. Federal voting rights lawsuits are still pending over the demographic makeup of Louisiana’s current districts. They allege that current district lines dilute the voices of Black voters. Democrats, particularly the Legislative Black Caucus, see the bill as an opportunity to gain more representation on the state’s highest court, while Republicans want more equal populations among the districts.