House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

House leaders tee up congressional redistricting language; advocates unimpressed

Following up on a pledge to move government reform legislation, House leadership has set up an attempt to amend a previously referred Senate bill, SB 1034, with a new congressional redistricting plan.

Three amendments - two from House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) and one from Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) are on the table.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Leaders put big picture reforms on radar for last days of session

Legislative leaders have, after months of stalled efforts and with fifty days to the election, started pushing big changes to state government.

Speaking to the Philadelphia Daily News’ John Baer, Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) said that during the run-up to sine die, he wants to prioritize congressional redistricting reform and shrinking the size of the state legislature before the November general election, perhaps even adding session days.

This follows up on Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) officially releasing his bill to open primaries last week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes

Despite a lot of talk, redistricting reform never advanced out from under the weight of over 600 House amendments.

But despite their failure this year, advocates and lawmakers allies are looking at what they can do without a constitutional amendment to change the system ahead of the next census.
Monday, August 6, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Blunted in legislature, redistricting reformers wonder about referendums

Blunted in legislature, redistricting reformers wonder about referendums

Outside the shady home of Gov. Tom Wolf in York County two weeks ago, members of Fair Districts PA, the redistricting reform advocacy group, unveiled a somewhat clunky, although earnest, chant.

“The people have the right, to alter and reform,” the group repeated at the urging of Executive Director Carol Kuniholm.

Friday, July 27, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Circling Mount Wolf, redistricting advocates make last stand

Waving signs saying “public service, not lip service” and chanting “hey hey, ho ho, gerrymandering has got to go,” three dozen redistricting advocates gathered outside Gov. Tom Wolf’s home in York County Wednesday demanding a special session to focus exclusively on redistricting reform.

Ever since the state’s General Assembly left for the summer in June following an ahead-of-time budget, leaving redistricting as well as a host of other big bills on guns, abortion and hazing on the table, Fair Districts PA, a preeminent advocacy group, has been pushing Wolf to call for a special session.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
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