Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Louisiana Senate Passes March Presidential Primary Bill, House Concurs

On Monday, June 20, the Louisiana state Senate passed HB 509 by a 27-9 vote. The Senate-amended version of the bill would shift the Pelican state's presidential primary from the second or third Saturday in February to the third Saturday after the first Tuesday in March. The House had earlier passed the legislation, but that version would have called for the primary to have been held two weeks earlier, a date that conflicted with the Passover holiday. The state House unanimously concurred (91-0) with the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee changes on Tuesday, June 21, and sent the bill to Governor Bobby Jindal (R) for his consideration.

The bill would move Louisiana back into compliance with the informally coordinated national party rules governing delegate selection for the 2012 presidential election cycle.

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