Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

Senate pegs potential congressional redistricting costs as high as $1.28 million

As the Pennsylvania Senate continues to advance a vehicle bill to house potential new congressional lines coming from the General Assembly, the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday unanimously approved a fiscal note to Senate Bill 1034 that pegs the potential costs associated with redrawing the congressional map as high as $1.28 million.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

Senate positions redistricting vehicle bill, as amici pile on to US Supreme Court stay petition

The Senate State Government Committee on Monday unanimously advanced a vehicle bill for any redistricting plan that may or may not be agreed to in the coming days.

 

The positioning of the bill on Monday was said to be important due to the tight timeline given by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the order they issued just a week ago giving the General Assembly until February 9, 2018, to get to the governor a new map based on the criteria used for the drawing of state legislative districts, in order to prevent the court from using a newly-appointed special master to draw a court-approved map based on non-partisan criteria.

Monday, January 29, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Experts likely to play a role in redraw of PA congressional map

Assuming the US Supreme Court does not grant a stay of the Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court’s order for a mid-February redraw of Pennsylvania’s 2011 congressional map the latter court found unconstitutional last week, experts retained by both Gov. Tom Wolf and the state Supreme Court are likely to play some role in how a new map is crafted and found to be constitutional.

Sunday, January 28, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

PA Supreme Court invalidates state’s 2011 Congressional map, provides expedited redraw timeline

In a split five-to-two decision Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Commonwealth’s 2011 Congressional map "plainly and palpably violates the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."

 

In so doing, the court enjoined the use of the map for the 2018 congressional mid-term election, including the upcoming May 15, 2018 primary.

Monday, January 22, 2018/Author: Jason Gottesman
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In debate, four GOP gubernatorial candidates push for less government, differ on reforms

In debate, four GOP gubernatorial candidates push for less government, differ on reforms

Answering rapid fire questions on property taxes, gerrymandering and marijuana, the four Republicans vying to challenge sitting Democratic Governor Tom Wolf mostly held back from swiping directly at each other Saturday night.

Held on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus in Pittsburgh, the debate showcased a uniform platform among all four candidates — that Pennsylvania’s government is inefficient, its taxes high, its budget bloated and its regulations burdensome.

Sunday, January 21, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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