Lawmakers push new plan to draw congressional & legislative Districts

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Members of the “California Citizens Redistricting Commission” rallying at the state capitol, hoping lawmakers will hear their message.

 “We don’t care who wins the election. That’s not our point. This is about restoring trust.” They spoke about how their 14-member commission has worked since being adopted by voters in 2008.

Peter Yao, one of the members of the Commission says people lost faith in the legislators drawing their own district maps.

California’s Commission is made up of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. They are tasked with drawing the state’s congressional and legislative district maps. 

“Our legislature had an approval ranking of 11 percent before this process. Now, it’s over 50 percent,” said Cyntia Dai, a member of the California Citizens Redistricting Commission. “We’re confident that this would work well for Pennsylvania, if we could get it enacted.”

Carol Kuniholm, chair of Fair Districts PA says getting it enacted in Pennsylvania will be a real struggle.

 “Clearly, there are legislators in both houses and both parties who are open to a different process. How removed they’re willing to be from the process is an ongoing discussion,” said Kuniholm.

But there are steps being taken. On Tuesday, Senate Bill 22, sponsored by Senator Lisa Boscola was unanimously passed out of the Senate State Government Committee. It would create an 11 member commission to redraw district maps. It only passed though, after an amendment that allows legislators a role in choosing the members. 

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