The Senate State Government Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing March 27 on several proposals-- all Democratic-- on how to more fairly draw voting districts. The bills include--
-- Senate Bill 22 (Boscola-D-Lehigh) would establish an 11 member independent Redistricting Commission to develop and adopt state legislative and Congressional district proposals, based on a California law (sponsor summary);
-- Senate Bill 243 (Leach-D-Montgomery) would establish a 9 member Redistricting Commission to develop legislative and Congressional district proposals to be accepted or rejected by the General Assembly, based on an Iowa law (sponsor summary);
-- Senate Bill 464 (Blake-D-Lackawanna) would establish a 9 member Legislative Redistricting Commission to develop and adopt legislative and Congressional districts (sponsor summary); and
-- Senate Bill 767 (Costa-D-Allegheny) would establish a 5 member Congressional Redistricting Commission to develop and adopt Congressional district maps (sponsor summary).
Each of the bills proposes to amend the state constitution and would have to be passed in two legislative sessions before going to the voters in 2019 at the earliest.
The hearing will be held in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building starting at 9:00.Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and can be contacted by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) serves as Minority Chair and can be contacted by sending email to: email@example.com.
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