HB 2420Background and Procedural Information
House Bill 2420 was introduced on May 7, 2008 by Democrat Steve Samuelson. The proposed legislation provides for reapportionment of Pennsylvania legislative and congressional districts.
Under the proposed legislation, are single-member districts a requirement or otherwise implied?
The legislation implies single-member districts of equal population.
Does the proposed legislation provide for Voting Rights Act compliance (e.g. can the commission use voter history information)?
Yes. The legislation states that previous election results, political affiliations of registered voters, and the addresses of incumbent legislators or congressmen may not be considered during the redistricting process.
Under the proposed legislation, how is the commission formed?
There are 5 members in the temporary commission, 4 of which are the majority and minority leaders of both the Senate and the House of Representatives, or deputies appointed by each of them. The 4 members then selects the fifth member, who serves as chairman of the commission. If the 4 members fail to select the fifth member, a majority of the entire membership of the Supreme Court will appoint the chairman.
Under the proposed legislation, are competitive districts favored?
The legislation is silent on competitive districts; however, it does state that party affiliation and incumbency may not be considered.
Under the proposed legislation, can members of the public submit plans?
Although the legislation does not permit members of the public to submit plans, it does require a minimum of 5 public hearings to be held regarding the proposed plan at different regions throughout the state.
Does the proposed legislation allow for mid-decade redistricting?
No. The legislation provides for redistricting to follow after each federal decennial census.