HB 2420
Background 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.  
November 10th 2005
Why Redistricting and Campaign Reform Are Both Still Relevant
TPM Cafe

This political column cites FairVote as it points to the value of getting rid of winner-take-all elections to as the next step in redistricting reform.

November 2nd 2005
California, Ohio to vote on redistricting changes
Washington Post

FairVote's Rob Richie gets the last word on lack of voter choice in our elections, as this wire article reports on redistricting reform efforts in California and Ohio.

November 2nd 2005
How Money Buys Power in American Politics

Francis X. Clines, an editorial board member for the New York Times, writes on national politics, gerrymandering and the resultant decreased competitiveness in Congressional elections. Fairvote is cited.

November 2nd 2005
Gerrymander may help GOP in '06
The Napa Valley Registrer

An article that cites FairVote on why Gerrymandering harms elections and has an impact on skewed results.

October 27th 2005
To Tame Polarization Of Politics, Fix Our Redistricting System
Roll Call

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