Republican leaders produce new congressional map

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But a spokesman for Wolf suggested the plan would fail to meet the high court's requirements because it lacked approval from the state legislature as a whole. The map is meant to replace a districting plan declared unconstitutional by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

"The Republican legislative leaders in the House and Senate have agreed to a congressional district map that complies fully with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's order and opinion", state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai said in a joint statement. The efforts of Fair Districts PA are only as successful as the collective action of the people on the local level - that is, you and I. We must contact our state legislators and let them know we expect them to do what they can to move House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22 out of committee for hearings, beginning with co-sponsorship of the proposed bills.

Pennsylvania lawmakers are approaching a court-imposed deadline to redraw the state's map of congressional districts that was thrown out on grounds it unfairly helped Republicans.

They added that they believe the new map is "compact and constitutional".

But in the newly proposed map, those lines have moved, and she would live outside the district.

The case has seen many twists and turns, and the end could be near, but depending upon next steps from the governor; the state supreme court; and republican leaders, only time will tell.

The court declared the 2011 Republican-crafted map unconstitutional on January 22 and directed the General Assembly to propose a new one and send it to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf. Pennsylvania has always been seen as one of the worst offenders, with one of its more oddly shaped districts described derisively as "Goofy Kicking Donald Duck".

The revised map is now in the hands of Governor Tom Wolf.

The court's Democratic majority said the plan violates a provision of the state constitution that guarantees "free and equal" elections, subverting redistricting objectives such as compactness and minimal municipal splits to the goal of gaining partisan advantage.

Legal battles are playing out in several US states over partisan gerrymandering.

The Republican-crafted 2011 congressional map has resulted in a 13-to-5 GOP edge in Pennsylvania's congressional delegation for the past three elections.

Up until now, Democrat Judy Herschel has been campaigning in the 10th Congressional District. The party needs to capture 24 seats nationwide to retake control of the House in November elections.

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