By Keegan Gibson, Managing Editor
The caucus leaders and Chairman Stephen McEwen approved the deal by a vote of 4-1, with Pa. Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) the lone dissenting vote. Costa had offered an amendment that would have entirely altered the Senate portion of the deal, but that failed by a vote of 3-2.
The vote started a 30-day period for possible court challenges to the new districts.
The Senate districts are identical to those reported on Wednesday, the main change from the preliminary version being the end of the so-called “Harrisburg horseshoe,” a district that had been carved for Sen. Jeff Piccola who since announced his retirement.
The House map is slightly different – the seat of Rep. Ed Staback (D-Lackawanna) was moved to neighboring Monroe County in light of his retirement. It will remain a Democratic seat.