Philadelphia legislators, activists push to resolve prison-based gerrymandering

Philadelphia legislators, activists push to resolve prison-based gerrymandering

Ahead of the 2020 Census, Philadelphia legislators and activists are making a case for incarcerated individuals to be counted at their home addresses rather than at the prisons where they are being housed. 

Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Philadelphia) introduced HB 940 in March that would amend Pennsylvania Election Code to count individuals incarcerated in Federal or State correctional facilities at their last known residence. The bill has 18 co-sponsors in the House so far. 

Friday, July 26, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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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
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With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action

A Senate panel voted Tuesday to approve the latest run at creating an independent redistricting commission, despite acknowledgements from the bill’s authors that it would require alteration before going before the full body.

Spearheaded by Sen. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh) and Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon), the proposal would create a constitutional amendment empowering an 11-person commission to draw the state’s Congressional and General Assembly maps.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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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
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