HARRISBURG – April 9, 2019 – The Senate State Government Committee today approved Sen. Lisa M. Boscola’s (D-Northampton/Lehigh) statewide redistricting reform legislation.
The measure would amend the state’s constitution to establish an 11-member independent citizen’s commission to redraw Congressional and state legislative district maps. It would require significant public input, apply sound map-drawing standards and establish a fair process for final map adoption.
The bill (Senate Bill 22) now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Boscola provided the following comment:
“You cannot reform government without reforming the redistricting process. I am committed to seeing this more equitable process become law. Senate Bill 22 would separate politicians from the actual map-drawing process. Voters should choose their elected leaders, not the other way around.
I fully understand that a difficult road lies ahead and that many of my colleagues will attempt to amend or derail this proposal. I hope the public and advocates remain vigilant and continue to demand that we change the system. It is imperative that a reformed process be in place by the fall of 2021 (following the 2020 census).
“This important committee vote moves the potential for real redistricting reform one step closer to a people’s vote. Reforming our redistricting process will help strengthen representative democracy in Pennsylvania.”# # #