The commission’s nonpartisan chair also defended the redistricting process against accusations of partisan bias.
Anticipating that the Democratic governor and GOP lawmakers won’t be able to agree on a map, concerned citizens and redistricting advocates are lobbying the state Supreme Court to intervene.
The Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot was the culmination of deliberate lies and misinformation about the November 2020 election results and involved dozens of Pennsylvanians.
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission will hold four meetings the week of Jan. 3 to accept feedback on the maps, both in person and virtually.
Activists and Hall’s family are holding vigils in more than a dozen locations to remember the 19-year-old’s life and show officials they will not forget about his death.
Hospital officials warn decreased mask use, aggressive COVID-19 variants, and flu infections could worsen Pa.’s rising case rate.
A staffing shortage has left people with intellectual and developmental disabilities without essential services and their families without desperately needed help.
The proposal — rejected by Republicans — improves on fairness metrics as mandated by the state constitution, while creating more districts that could be won by Democrats.
The public will now have 30 days to provide feedback on the maps.
In questioning, the Republican judges appeared hesitant to interfere in the legislature, while Democrats probed whether there were any limits to its ability to access private information.
The map approval process drew criticism from fair district advocates, Democrats, and at least one Republican, who said there was no need to act before additional public input.
Pennsylvania has revised or removed historical markers and plaques about the Confederacy amid a nationwide reckoning over how the army is remembered.
A state House panel chose to approve blank placeholder legislation, which the ranking Democrat criticized as a “shell game” for Republicans to rush through a map later.
The state is one of only seven that do not require reimbursement for virtual visits, meaning patients must deal with uneven insurance coverage and some medical providers who don’t want to bother.
The map’s lack of compact districts and its clear advantage for Republicans will likely be key sticking points as negotiations begin in the legislature and with Gov. Tom Wolf.