Effort to redraw congressional maps inches ahead in Capitol
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A meeting between the governor and Republican legislative leaders, and a House committee’s unanimous procedural vote, are the most visible signs of progress in the effort to enact new congressional district maps.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf met briefly with House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on Tuesday, but no progress was reported.
Elsewhere in the Capitol, the State Government Committee positioned a bill to be ready in case there’s a deal.
Friday is a court-ordered deadline for lawmakers to give Wolf a new plan for his consideration. Wolf will have until Feb. 15 to decide whether he supports it and can recommend it to the court.
If that doesn’t happen, the justices say they’ll take proposals and develop their own plan for this year’s races.
The justices on Jan. 22 ruled the existing plan violated the state constitution and threw it out.
This story has been corrected to show the court’s decision was Jan. 22, not Jan. 23.