Parishes in Louisiana

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The Louisiana Project on Sunshine Review


Map of Louisiana's parishes

The U.S. state of Louisiana (Sunshine Review) is divided into 64 parishes in the same way that 48 of the other states of the United States are divided into counties. (Alaska (Sunshine Review) is divided into boroughs and census areas).

Louisiana was formed from French and Spanish colonies, which were both officially Roman Catholic. Consequently, local government was based upon parishes, as the local ecclesiastical division. Following the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the Territorial Legislative Council divided Orleans Territory (the predecessor of Louisiana state) into twelve counties. The borders of these counties were poorly defined, but they roughly coincided with the colonial parishes, and hence used the same names.[1]

Parish website evaluations

Main article: Evaluation of Louisiana parish websites
  • 16 of the 64 parishes posts its parish budget online.
  • 30 parishes include information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 33 include information about the parish's elected officials.
  • 24 include information about the parish's administrative officials.
  • 12 parishes give information about permits and zoning in the parish.
  • 5 of the parishes put information on their websites about audits that the parish government has had performed.
  • 3 parishes give information about their contracts with vendors.
  • 0 parish websites disclose whether or not they belong to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • 5 parishes provide information on how to request public records using the Louisiana Public Records Act.
  • 4 parish websites provide some information about parish taxes.

Counties without websites

As of late February 2009, 21 of Louisiana's 64 parishes had no website.


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