Did You Get The Memo? Redistricting, net operating losses and candidate background checks

Did You Get The Memo? Redistricting, net operating losses and candidate background checks

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 would reform how electoral districts are drawn, eliminate the expiration for net operating losses and require school board candidates to pass background checks.

Friday, November 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences

State lawmakers are facing a slew of questions about how electoral maps should be drawn ahead of the 2020 census.

 

But one question — pertaining to where incarcerated individuals get counted in legislative and congressional districts — is the prime focus of Pennsylvania Democrats who say that the current process of counting those in state prisons is fundamentally flawed.

Monday, October 28, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
New poll says Pennsylvania voters support redistricting reform

New poll says Pennsylvania voters support redistricting reform

A new survey of over 900 voters released Wednesday suggests that Pennsylvania voters favor reforming how the state’s political maps are drawn, reinforcing results of a state report that said state residents would prefer maps to be drawn by an independent commission, rather than elected officials.

 

The September poll, conducted by Franklin & Marshall College and sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Fair Districts PA, a redistricting advocacy group, found that 67 percent of respondents support the idea of an independent commission to draw state maps, a proposal that has been floated in the state legislature ahead of 2020 census.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

Redistricting is back on House State Government agenda but legislators are still in search of agreement on the matter

With a packed crowd necessitating an overflow room in the Capitol, the first House hearing on redistricting reform in some time drew no shortage of interest Wednesday as lawmakers look to determine the optimal way to draw district lines, although a tangible compromise remains some distance out.

Interest in redistricting was virtually non-existent in the House State Government Committee under its previous chair, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). But that appears to be shifting under new leader Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), who convened the hearing to give members a sense of the landscape.
Thursday, September 19, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
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
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