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Post-Gazette: Scarnati’s Priorities: Redistricting, Drilling Fee, Roads

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The only thing the Legislature “absolutely must” do this fall is approve redrawn lines for the state’s 18 congressional districts and the 253 state House and Senate districts, Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati said today.

“We are on track to get that done,” he told the Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon, so that the newly realigned districts can be used in the 2012 elections.

As far as fall priorities go, however, he described a proposal to sell the state’s liquor stores as a losing proposition. Referencing the brief details he’s seen so far of a study on that matter, the top Senate GOP leader said putting those licenses in private hands could leave the state requiring a tax increase to make up for lost revenue.

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