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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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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With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

With Scarnati's support, most legislative leadership now behind redistricting

In addressing the state press club Monday, Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson) showed an two month turnaround in attitude among legislative leadership.

While he echoed Republican colleagues in a scathing denouncement of the state Supreme Court, he also shared a reluctant acknowledgment of the need to reform redistricting.

Monday, May 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

Advocates, legislators, go back and forth on redistricting solutions as dual session week approaches

The redistricting push is set to pick back up next week as House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) is expected to introduce his redistricting bill, while the Senate plans to amend the prime redistricting bill pushed by advocates.

SB 22, introduced by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), would create an eleven-member independent redistricting commission modeled on California’s process. The bill has been heavily favored by an alliance of advocacy groups, including Fair Districts PA. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

With Reed in on redistricting, optimism growing among advocates

In a memo from last week, outgoing House Majority Leader Dave Reed (R-Indiana) struck a reformist tone while pointing to votes to limit the size of the legislature and adding transparency to lobbying.

“There is still more which needs to be done, from improving government operations to bringing back faith in our system,” Reed wrote when presenting three new bill ideas to his colleagues.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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