Pa. redistricting report calls for independent citizens commission

Pa. redistricting report calls for independent citizens commission

A commission tasked with studying how to reform the drawing of congressional and legislative maps in Pennsylvania released its report on Thursday, which calls for a citizen-led commission to draw state maps, rather than the Legislative Reapportionment Commission that draws them now. 

The Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, which was formed through a 2018 executive order from Gov. Tom Wolf, surveyed close to 1,500 Pennsylvanians through public forums and online mediums, concluding that “as much as possible, citizens, not politicians, should hold the pen that draws and revises election maps.”
Thursday, August 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals

Amid all the floor debates, press conferences and committee hearings, the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s newest co-sponsorship memos can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why The PLS Reporter rounds up some of the most noteworthy co-sponsorship memos each week — so you can stay informed of what’s going on in the Capitol. 

In this week’s feature are memos for proposals that address where inmates are counted in the drawing of legislative maps, regulations for the use of sewage sludge, and animal restrictions in Pennsylvania.
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Samuelson, Murt bills to change the state & congressional redistricting process

Samuelson, Murt bills to change the state & congressional redistricting process

Members of Fair Districts PA rallied in the Capitol Tuesday as part of their efforts to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. They were joined by a handful of legislators, including Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Northampton) and Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), who have sponsored legislation that would change the state and congressional redistricting process.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

Transcript: Cutler talks redistricting, minimum wage and statute of limitations

After 12 years climbing his way to the top, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) took over as House Majority Leader for this session, replacing former Rep. Dave Reed (R-Indiana).

The PLS Reporter sat down with Cutler for a chat on some of the issues, from redistricting to support for nuclear plants and statute of limitations, that could shape the next year. The interview is printed below with some minor editing for clarity.
Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting advocates talk rule changes to aid reform with former lawmakers

Redistricting advocates talk rule changes to aid reform with former lawmakers

In their quest to create a new system to redraw Pennsylvania’s state political boundaries, Fair Districts PA is expanding their fight to another arcane area: House rules.

“The time is very short,” Carol Kuniholm, executive director of the redistricting organization, said.

The announcement came at an event attended by roughly 200 statewide advocates Saturday afternoon at the Pennsylvania State Museum.
Monday, December 3, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
Categories: News and Views
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