Capitol fills with redistricting advocates as House and Senate look to reconcile competing bills

Capitol fills with redistricting advocates as House and Senate look to reconcile competing bills

While hundreds of citizens gathered today in the rotunda, hosting signs with white knights slaying a dragon labeled “gerrymander” and chanting “this is what democracy looks like,” the object of their desires — politically independent redistricting — was poised to undergo some negotiations.

House State Government Committee Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) said Monday he expected to meet with his Senate counterpart Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) that night to discuss the farthest-reaching and widest supported redistricting bills — HB 722 and SB 22.

Monday, April 16, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In Pennsylvania’s quest to change electoral process, open primaries have bipartisan champions

In front of a packed room of redistricting reformists on March 28, Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Franklin) brought up a fresh point in the contentious row over how to change Pennsylvania’s elections: open primaries.

Alloway’s suggestion came as he tried to make sense of Sen. Lisa Boscola’s (D-Northampton) bill, SB 22, to start a non-partisan redistricting commission.

Friday, April 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House Republicans gut and replace redistricting bill, drawing ire of reformers

House Republicans gut and replace redistricting bill, drawing ire of reformers

One hundred and ten cosponsors weren’t enough to get an independent redistricting bill onto the House floor intact.

Half a day after Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Northampton) announced a discharge resolution to kick his redistricting bill out of the House State Government Committee, Chairman Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) and 14 other House Republicans voted to completely rewrite HB 722 via amendment.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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House discharge resolution under consideration as Pa. legislators, out of state commissioners talk redistricting

House discharge resolution under consideration as Pa. legislators, out of state commissioners talk redistricting

While the Senate is building on a public hearing to write a bill tackling redistricting, the main sponsor of a House bill for a bipartisan redistricting commission said he is mulling a discharge resolution to get his legislation moving.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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