State House GOP Pushes to Give Legislature More Power in Redistricting
According to the Associated Press the committee voted along party lines on a bill that would put redistricting in the hands of a six person panel. One member would come each from the state Senate and House Democratic caucuses, and the other two would be voted on by the whole of each chamber.
In order for the panel to approve of a map five of the six members would need to vote in favor of the map. If the panel cannot get that vote, the maps would be voted on before the entirety of both chambers.
Governor Tom Wolf responded to the move by the House Republicans calling it “partisan politics at its worst.”
“This is partisan politics at its worst and it shows a flippant disregard for thousands of citizens that have spoken in favor of independent redistricting and ending gerrymandering. After the last few months, it should be clear that the solution to our broken redistricting system is not putting more power in the hands of partisan politicians. This is wrong, and it is an affront to our democracy,” Wolf said.