The first vote on a bill to create a new school district in southeast Baton Rouge is set for Thursday in the Louisiana House.

The measure, Senate Bill 199, spells out details of the new school system.

It requires majority support for House passage — 53 votes in the 105-member House.

A similar bill won House approval last year 59-37.

If the proposal is passed by the House it will set up a decisive vote on the second part of the package, which is Senate Bill 73.

That legislation is a proposed constitutional amendment and requires two-thirds support for passage, which is 70 votes.

A similar proposal failed in the House last year.

When Senate Bill 73 will be debated in the House is unclear.

The legislative session ends on June 6.

Both bills have already passed the state Senate, as they did last year.

The plan would remove 10 elementary, middle and high schools that are now in the East Baton Rouge Parish School District.

The new district would generally extend from the Interstate 10/12 split, south of I-12 and east of I-10 to the parish lines.

It would include Parkview Oaks, Jefferson Terrace, Westminster, Cedarcrest, Wedgewood, Shenandoah and Woodlawn elementary schools; Southeast and Woodlawn middle schools and Woodlawn High School.

Backers contend the new district is needed because of years of academic and other problems in the East Baton Rouge school system.

They also argue that a smaller school system can replicate the success of other breakaway districts, including the Central and Zachary school systems.

Opponents say the change would saddle the East Baton Rouge school system with major financial problems, uproot nearly 4,000 students and could spark another desegregation lawsuit.