Pennsylvania Lawmakers Concentrate on Congressional Map

Monday, 05 Dec 2011 04:39 AM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett had several plans for his first year in office, but the state’s legislators have put most of his agenda items on hold in favor or redrawing the state’s congressional districts.

Corbett’s agenda included paring down the state’s budget, introducing school tuition vouchers, and privatizing the state’s liquor stores — but with just weeks left in 2011, only the pared-down state budget has been passed, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.
 
Corbett also favors Senate Republicans’ plans to set a fee on natural gas drilling from the Marcellus Shale deposits, another plan that is on hold.
 
“Everything else is off the table,” said Steve Miskin, spokesman for Republican House Majority leader Mike Turzai. “Congressional redistricting is the priority.’
 
The latest census figures have brought about the once-a-decade redistricting, as Pennsylvania will now have one fewer district, bringing the number of seats from 19 to 18. Republican incumbents currently hold 12 seats, while Democrats hold 7.
 
A similar process reconfiguring state legislative districts is nearing completion, with commission members to take a final vote on how 203 House and 50 Senate districts will be shaped.
 
Both processes could face court challenges; 10 years ago, the Pennsylvania congressional map, also configured by Republicans, was contested all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it was upheld.
 
Even though the other bills are on hold, they probably will still be considered in 2012 because the General Assembly’s two-year session doesn’t end until next December.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved