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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: May 7, 2014 04:30 PM
From: Senator John P. Blake
To: All Senate members
Subject: Government Reform – Redistricting
 
In the near future, I will be introducing a joint resolution amending the Pennsylvania Constitution to reform the manner in which our State Senate, State House, and Congressional Districts are redrawn. As a candidate for the Senate and as a sitting senator, I have consistently held the position that legislators should not have a direct hand in drawing their own legislative districts – we should not be choosing our voters, voters should be choosing us. Therefore, my legislation would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution in the following manner:
  • The “Legislative Reapportionment Commission” would be renamed as the "Legislative Redistricting Commission."
  • The Commission would be tasked with both state and federal redistricting to be completed concurrently in one plan.
  • It would remove legislators from direct approval or rejection of plans: No Commission members may be elected officials or members of their staff at the local, state, or federal levels of government.
  • The Commission would consist of 9 members: House and Senate majority and minority leaders would appoint 2 commissioners each, totaling 8 legislative appointments. The selection of a neutral 9th commissioner, who would serve as chairperson, would require a super-majority approval with at least 6 of 8 commissioners voting in favor.
  • Failure to achieve at least 6 of 8 votes in favor of a chairperson would require an appointment by the Supreme Court.
  • Commission meetings would be required to be held in public and comply with all laws which apply to open meetings.
  • As soon as the Commission certified census population data, it would draft a preliminary plan and hold at least 2 public, geographically-dispersed hearings throughout the Commonwealth.
  • The approval of the preliminary plan would require a super-majority approval with at least 7 of 9 commissioners voting in favor.
  • Failure to achieve a super-majority approval of the plan would require a revised plan to be drafted and approved by the commission in the same manner.
  • If an aggrieved person filed an appeal and the Supreme Court found the plan contrary to law, the Commission must redraw and adopt a final plan with at least 7 of 9 commissioners voting in favor.
  • Failure to achieve a super-majority approval of the preliminary, revised, or final plan would automatically require the Supreme Court's redistricting of the Commonwealth.
  • All plans must be completed by the end of the calendar year following the census.
If you have questions about this legislation, please contact Kyle Mullins of my staff at 717-787-6481 or kmullins@pasenate.com.



Introduced as SB1407