Redistricting Reform Proposals Subject of Public Hearing in Senate
This week the Senate State Government Committee held an important public hearing on legislation that would reform how congressional and state legislative districts are created in Pennsylvania. This hearing comes on the heels of recent state and federal court actions involving our congressional districts.
As a member of the State Government Committee, I was able to hear from individuals speaking about various redistricting proposals. Those testifying at the hearing included fellow legislators sponsoring redistricting bills and representatives from Fair Districts PA, the state’s leading advocacy group for changing the redistricting process.
Senate Bill 22 was one of the pieces of legislation discussed at the hearing. I am a co-sponsor of this bipartisan bill, which has received overwhelming support from reform advocates.
This bill would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to allow for the creation of an 11-member independent commission to redraw our congressional and state legislative districts. It would also empower citizens to guide redistricting in Pennsylvania, a process that is working well in other states.
Senate Bill 22 would dramatically change how we redraw our state’s legislative districts. Currently the Pennsylvania General Assembly sends legislation to the Governor to create our congressional districts. In addition, there is a Reapportionment Commission comprised of designees from the Legislature that creates our state House and Senate districts.
We need to take action to ensure that districts are properly created in Pennsylvania. This hearing was an important step in achieving that goal.
More information about this hearing, including the testimony presented to the committee, can be found here. http://stategovernment.pasenategop.com/032718/
Assistance for Veterans Available
My partnership with the Pennsylvania American Legion to assist veterans at my Brookhaven office, located at 4110 Edgmont Avenue is officially underway. A representative from this organization will be at my office on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
I would like to encourage veterans and their families who have questions about benefits and programs to schedule an appointment for these assistance hours. Appointments can be made by contacting the office at (610) 447 – 3163. This service will be offered the fourth Wednesday of each month.
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