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Commission needed to create fair voting districts: Letter to the Editor

Posted 7/18/18

I have been volunteering with Fair Districts PA (www.fairdistrictspa.com)for about 15 months and have sat in on Pennsylvania Senate and House state government committee meetings.

I have followed …

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Commission needed to create fair voting districts: Letter to the Editor

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I have been volunteering with Fair Districts PA (www.fairdistrictspa.com)for about 15 months and have sat in on Pennsylvania Senate and House state government committee meetings.

I have followed the life of bills to create an independent commission that would have citizens draw Pennsylvania electoral maps starting in 2021.

My experience has been a real education in how our full-time state Legislature functions. I watched as three bills to create an independent commission on redistricting did not receive a vote by the General Assembly, even though those bills had more co-sponsors and supporters than any other legislation this session.

Republican leaders, who control the Pennsylvania House and Senate, could call members back to Harrisburg to debate and vote on bills for creation of an independent commission, now, if they wanted to. The governor could call for a special session on the issue. However, the Legislature is not required to hold one.

Our legislators must debate and pass an independent commission redistricting bill between July 15 and July 22, or Pennsylvania voters will have their legislators continuing to draw boundary lines until 2030.

Don Hossler

Middletown