HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Pennsylvania lawmaker is proposing legislation to set new rules for mapping the state’s congressional and legislative districts.

Under House Bill 1344, Pennsylvania citizens – not politicians – would be responsible for drawing the boundaries that equally divide the state’s population during the apportionment that follows each 10-year census.

Rep. Ted Harhai (D-Westmoreland), the bill’s sponsor, said Pennsylvanians on the redistricting commission would be randomly selected from a pool of qualified applicants, a duplicate of California’s redistricting commission.

Harhai’s plan also would use as an outline Iowa’s law that district boundaries be as compact and square as possible, with no county, city, borough or township divided unless absolutely necessary.

Harhai said his measure would end politically motivated map-drawing in Pennsylvania that has resulted in oddly-shaped state and federal districts designed to help or hurt candidates of a specific political party.

“It’s time for these games, which at their core tinker with the concept of a truly representative democracy, to end,” Harhai said in a statement. “We can’t keep stacking the deck in favor of one party or the other, then pretending that we have a fair system that gives voters real choices.”