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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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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