|Posted:||February 13, 2013 04:51 PM|
|From:||Senator Dominic Pileggi and Sen. Jay Costa|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Creating an Official Boundary Database|
|We plan to introduce legislation which will:
1. Create an official online statewide boundary database for counties, municipalities, wards and precincts, developed by the Department of State in consultation with the Legislative Data Processing Center and made available on the Legislative Data Processing Center’s website.
2. Create an official online election results and registration information database, developed by the Department of State in consultation with the Legislative Data Processing Center and made available on the Legislative Data Processing Center’s website.
3. Establish in statute that population data approved by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission will be used in any congressional redistricting legislation considered by the General Assembly. (This was done via Senate Resolution 148, adopted unanimously by both chambers, in the 2011-12 session.)
During our work on the Legislative Reapportionment Commission, issues related to the boundaries of political subdivisions in Pennsylvania needlessly complicated the Commission’s work and created unnecessary costs of approximately $500,000.
This proposal will have many benefits, including providing all interested parties with a continually updated boundary map and greatly simplifying the census “boundary reconciliation” project that is done every 10 years.
Introduced as SB404