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.  
October 23rd 2005
Who Should Redistrict?

The New York Times Magazine explains the dilemmas many states, including California, face as they attempt to create competitive and fair congressional districts. Dean Murphy cites FairVote's statistics.

October 15th 2005
Wamp fresh leadership for sagging Republicans
The Tennessean

According to FairVote's Ryan O'Donnell, the Republican party should seize the opportunity to embrace electoral reforms, and take the lead on ending gerrymandering.

October 5th 2005
Mapping the way to a better system
Boston Herald

Why Massachusetts should turn a critical eye towards gerrymandering. This article mentions Fairvote.

October 2nd 2005
Several states may change redistricting process
L.A. Times

Discussion of redistricting practices in California, Massachusetts and Florida. Mentions Tanner's bill.

September 25th 2005
Local GOP breaks with governor to oppose redistricting
Auburn Journal

An article about the debate over a proposal that would give a panel of judges the responsibility of redistricting

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