Pa. Senate makes new attempt to address redistricting: ‘It’s too important’

Tony Romeo
April 14, 2019 - 4:00 am
Boscola addresses Senate State Gov't Committee

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Members of the state Senate are making a new attempt to address a volatile issue leftover from the legislature’s last two-year session, redistricting reform.

The Pennsylvania political foundation was rocked by last year’s battle over redistricting that culminated with the state Supreme Court imposing a new map of congressional districts.

State Senate efforts to reform the redistricting process stalled in the House before the legislature’s two-year session ended.

Now the Senate State Government Committee has again advanced legislation that proposes to amend the state constitution. That is something that will take at least two years, when the next round of redistricting is to take place.

Democrat Lisa Boscola, one of those spearheading the issue in the Pennsylvania Senate, says she’s just trying to keep the redistricting dialogue alive.

“We can’t stop the momentum, or stop this, right now, because it’s too important to get it done in this cycle,” she said. “Not 20 years from now. Now.”

The proposal approved by the committee would create a citizens’ commission to redraw congressional districts. Disagreements remain on how that commission would be chosen.