Pa. GOP legislators head back to Supreme Court in gerrymandering case

Tony Romeo
June 21, 2018 - 7:13 pm
U.S. Capitol

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The top Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature are returning to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the state Supreme Court’s decision to impose a new map of congressional districts. 

But a spokesman for the House speaker said the petition is not intended to affect the fall election.

The U.S. Supreme Court twice declined to issue an emergency stay of the state Supreme Court’s action. Now, state House Speaker Mike Turzai and the top Republican in the Senate are asking the nation’s high court for a full hearing on whether the state court overstepped its authority. 

But Turzai’s spokesman Neal Lesher insists the leaders are not trying to upend the coming fall election.

"Regardless of whether the [U.S.] Supreme Court decides to take up this case, it will have no impact on the maps that are in place now for this fall’s elections," he said. "The candidates that are running will be the candidates. But this is about getting an answer for the voters of Pennsylvania about did the state Supreme Court violate the Constitution? We believe they did."

Lesher said the petition is being filed now in part because the leaders were awaiting rulings on redistricting from the U.S. Supreme Court that came earlier this month, which Lesher said left issues unresolved.