Tweets of the Week - June 11, 2018

Check out the week as described by Tweets from lawmakers, influencers, and others around Pennsylvania state government.

Friday, June 15, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: Features
Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

Eyes turn to House as amended redistricting bill passes Senate

After months of hearings, negotiations, rallies and maneuvering, redistricting reform has passed the Pennsylvania Senate — but with additional language that has upturned the debate.

SB 22 was moved to the House by a 35-14 vote today. Only two Democrats — Sen. Lisa Boscola (Northampton) and Sen. Andrew Dinniman (Chester) voted for the bill.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

Judicial district amendment casts mapping debate into disarray

By a 31-18 vote, the Senate today passed an amendment to have appeals court members elected by district instead of at large by the state.


Under the new language, the General Assembly would pass enabling legislation to set up the transition from the current maps — or lack thereof — and into districts for judges.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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

Keeping Up with the Neighbors: Referendum keeps redistricting reform moving in Ohio

Previously the PLS Reporter assessed Maryland’s gerrymandering controversy, in which Republicans are seeking to overturn what they believe to be a partisan Democratic gerrymander through the courts. 

Another Pennsylvania neighbor, meanwhile, took the issue of Congressional redistricting to the ballot box earlier last month. Ohio, which itself has a gerrymandering case making its way through the judicial process, passed a referendum measure on May 8 known as State Issue One. It amends the state constitution to establish a process for creating political districts that would require bipartisan support.
Thursday, June 7, 2018/Author: Mike Howells
Categories: News and Views
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