Redistricting legislation awaits Pa. House action

Tony Romeo
June 21, 2018 - 8:18 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — It remains unclear whether legislation aimed at creating a new process to redraw Pennsylvania's congressional districts will get final action before state lawmakers leave for the summer. 

Changing the redistricting process requires voters to approve an amendment to the state constitution. For that to happen in time for the next redistricting, due to requirements to advertise the proposed amendment, both the House and Senate must approve language by early next month. Last week the Senate sent the House a bill that would lead to an independent redistricting commission. But the Senate also included a controversial provision to change the way judges are elected. 

On Wednesday, Republican Dave Reed — the House majority leader — said he sees no real rush

“I would like to have it done in time for the 2020 redistricting. If that’s not the case, but we could still change the process for the next hundred years — that’s still a good outcome,” Reed said.

Reed says after action in the Rules Committee on Wednesday, legislation is now in position for a House vote if an agreement on redistricting can be reached.