Pennsylvania GOP lawmakers poised to meet deadline for new congressional map after state Supreme Court order

Washington Examiner | 2/9/2018 | Melissa Quinn
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Pennsylvania Republicans are expected meet their Friday deadline to submit to Gov. Tom Wolf a new congressional map after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated the map last month, according to a report.

Drew Compton, chief of staff and counsel to Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati told the Wall Street Journal leaders of the GOP-controlled General Assembly are nearing completion of the new map. The map with the newly drawn congressional districts will then be sent to Wolf, a Democrat, who has until Feb. 15 to approve the map and send it to the state Supreme Court.

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Compton said the state House and Senate will not be able to vote on the new congressional districts until next week.

If the state General Assembly fails to agree upon a new congressional map, or if Wolf rejects the plan, the state’s high court said it would draw a new map, and announced in a Jan. 26 order it retained Nathaniel Persily, a Stanford Law School professor, to assist the court.

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Compton told the Wall Street Journal the new congressional map will have districts that are more compact and keeps counties, cities, and towns intact. He also said those who drafted the new congressional map took “some consideration” of where current members of Congress live, as “incumbency can matter to a reasonable degree.”

The drafters of the new map also tried to limit the number of voters who may end up with a new congressional district.

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Wolf said in a statement Friday he has been building a team, including a mathematician, and “knowledge base to make sure Pennsylvania can...
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