Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Senate redistricting bill amended ahead of final chamber vote

Lobbyists were banned, diversity reinforced and a three-year registration minimum added to the Senate’s prime redistricting bill Monday as it was prepared for a final vote by lawmakers.

The bill, SB 22, would set up a redistricting commission made up of eleven citizens who apply to the Department of State, are vetted, and then picked by majority and minority legislative leaders to draw Pennsylvania’s congressional and state legislative maps.

Monday, June 11, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Redistricting reform directed into new House committee while Senate Democrats diverge

Redistricting reform directed into new House committee while Senate Democrats diverge

Six Democratic Senators voted against an amended redistricting bill during a procedural committee stop Wednesday, signalling their opposition to a bill that had previously advanced with unanimous support.

This doesn’t mean the bill is dead. In fact, every Appropriations Committee Republican, who have a supermajority in the Senate, voted in favor of SB 22.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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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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Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

Compromise amendment released ahead of Tuesday’s Senate redistricting committee meeting

A newly drafted amendment to redistricting advocates’ main bill attempts to strike a compromise between legislators and reformers’ wildest dreams.

The new language, written after a week of intensive negotiations between the advocates — including Common Cause PA and Fair Districts PA — and Senate State Government Chair Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) would give legislators some say in choosing the commission.

Sunday, May 20, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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