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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: December 30, 2020 02:27 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Redistricting Reform - Establishing an Independent Commission
Shortly, I plan to reintroduce legislation to amend Pennsylvania’s Constitution to change how Congressional and General Assembly election maps are drawn. This proposal reflects legislation from the 2017 – 2018 session that was passed on the senate floor. However, this legislation will not include the language pertaining to judicial redistricting. 

Specifically, the proposal seeks to:
  • Establish an 11-member, independent commission to draw election maps. The commission is comprised of:
    • Four Democrats recommended by Senate and House Majority/Minority Leaders
    • Four Republicans recommended by Senate and House Majority/Minority Leaders
    • Three independents recommended by Governor
  • Confirmation of the members must be done by 2/3 of both the House and Senate.
Note: Application and selection processes to-be-determined.

  • Commission has one year to draw congressional, House, and Senate Districts.

  • Commission approval of maps would require seven of the 11 members – with at least:
    • Two Democrats;
    • Two Republicans, and;
    • Two independents or other parties supporting the proposed maps.

  • If Commission fails to approve maps by October 15, Commission must:
    • Submit two or three sets of maps for two-thirds approval by General Assembly
      • Congressional;
      • State House of Representatives, and;
      • Senate of Pennsylvania.

  • If General Assembly fails to approve maps, Pennsylvania Supreme Court approves
    • One map from each of sets of maps using established criteria.

  • Other requirements:
    • No lobbyists or legislative staff appointed to the independent commission;
    • Appointees must be properly registered to vote prior to Commission service, and;
    • Limit the number of splits of counties, municipalities, and wards.
Co-sponors of this legislation included Costa, Browne, Fontana, Schwank, Haywood, Yudichak, Bartolotta, DiSanto, Killion, Scavello and White. Please join me in supporting this initative. 

Introduced as SB584