Updates

We urge our legislators to pass a clean, strong redistricting reform bill without delay.

The Aument amendment, adding provisions for regional judicial elections, was voted into Senate Bill 22 on June 12, largely along a party line vote (35-14). This was just minutes after a nearly unanimous vote (48-1) on the carefully negotiated omnibus amendment to strengthen the bill. Whatever the merits of the idea of judicial regions, we object strongly to its last-minute and unvetted inclusion as an amendment to SB 22.

SB 22 hijacked in Senate. Disappointed, but NOT defeated.

On Tuesday, June 12 on the Senate floor, SB 22 was cynically hijacked by majority leaders. The Senate was meeting to discuss and vote on amendments to SB 22. Two amendments passed: one that strengthened SB 22 and increased its bipartisan appeal, and one that turned SB 22 into a deeply partisan poison pill - or a Trojan Horse, depending on one’s perspective.

Response to SB 22 opposition

I am writing in response to criticism of Senate Bill 22 by Keystone Progress, the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center and others. We are sorry to see any advocate organization come out against a bill that is still a work in progress and is likely the best avenue toward reform of our current very partisan redistricting process.

FDPA Statement on Amended SB 22

In recent weeks representatives of Fair Districts PA, along with leaders of allied advocate organizations, took part in extensive conversations regarding the Folmer amendment to Senate Bill 22, which would amend the state Constitution to create an independent citizens redistricting commission. 

Second Senate State Government Committee Hearing

On April 24, the Senate State Government Committee held a second hearing on redistricting reform, facilitated by Majority Chair Mike Folmer and Minority Chair Anthony Williams.

Unaccountable Government

On April 11, 2018, the House State Government Committee held a voting meeting on HB 722. An amendment was proposed that guts HB 722 and gives even more power to legislators. It passed.