Tuesday April 24, 2018
Changes in redistricting process deserve bipartisan support.
Gerrymandering has been in the news frequently during the past few months. Pennsylvania, with its bizarre congressional district lines, has been held up as an embarrassing example. In fact, the state Supreme Court had to intercede and redraw the lines for the upcoming 2018 election. This conclusion, however, does not change the process.
Two bills, HB722 and SB22, have been introduced to amend the current process and establish a nonpartisan citizen commission to assign districts in the future.
The Senate bill is under review. Meanwhile, the House bill was essentially hijacked by the committee chairman, Daryl Metcalfe, and revised to give even more power to politicians in the Legislature and eliminate the roles played by the governor and the court. This led the Washington County Observer-Reporter to use the term "Daryl-mandering."
Metcalfe's actions are an affront to all Pennsylvania voters. During an April 16 rally, hundreds of citizens gathered in Harrisburg to voice their disappointment, displeasure and to demand change.
Pay attention, Pennsylvania. Make your elected officials work for you.
Make elected officials work for the people