Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Miles remain between General Assembly's redistricting options

Lawmakers have a month left to get redistricting out the doors of the Capitol and into the public eye to meet the state’s notice requirements for a Constitutional amendment.

In that time, they’ll need to find a way to turn three distinct bills into one reality.

Monday, June 4, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting reforms passes Senate State Government Committee, on its way to full vote in June

Redistricting won its first vote in the General Assembly Tuesday to the applause of advocates packing the room.

A compromise amendment forged by Senate State Government Committee Chair Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and redistricting advocates led by Fair Districts PA was added onto SB 22, then passed by all members in attendance.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

Senate leadership gets behind redistricting as Folmer looks for fixes in second hearing

With a little more than two months left to pass a bill and start the long, winding road to a constitutional amendment, Senate leadership now appears fully in on passing a bill to change how the state conducts redistricting.

“We want to be done by June, before we leave,” Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre) said yesterday, adding: “It won’t be exactly Senate Bill 22 — we will amend it, I'm sure — but we’ll definitely keep the same spirit and same direction that SB 22 goes in, making an independent commission.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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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