Wolf establishes panel to examine redistricting approaches

November 29, 2018 - 12:27 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Democratic governor is setting up a 15-member commission to look for ways to improve the state's redistricting process.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an order to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, naming as chairman David Thornburgh, who also heads the good-government watchdog Committee of Seventy.

Wolf's executive order says the commission will look into what other states have done, gather public comment and recommend ways to make the process fairer.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state's Republican-drawn congressional map, replacing it in February with district lines that in this month's election produced an evenly divided congressional delegation.

Pennsylvania will redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts following the 2020 census.

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