Redistricting Watch: Reapportionment Panel Officially Accepts Census Figures
The once-a-decade redrawing of Pennsylvania’s state Senate and House districts officially commenced on Wednesday, as the Commonwealth’s five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission certified the 2010 U.S. Census figures upon which the district boundaries are based.
That data – essentially a measurement of which parts of the state gained and lost population since 2000 – pinned the ideal population of a state Senate district (254,048) and a state House district (62,573), reports Laura Olson of the Post-Gazette’s Early Returns blog.
The panel, which is comprised of the General Assembly’s four caucus leaders and chaired by former state Superior Court President Judge Stephen McEwen, must submit Pennsylvania’s redrawn legislative map within three months. A public comment and revision period last as long as sixty days will then follow before the recommendations of the commission become law.
Public hearings are scheduled for September 7 in Allentown and September 14 in Pittsburgh.