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.
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.
The Senate State Government Committee will vote on May 22 on a proposed amendment to Senate Bill 22, then on the amended SB 22 itself.
Our nonpartisan solution to end gerrymandering resonated with voters of all political stripes.
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.
Fair Districts PA supporters and allies packed the capitol rotunda on April 16 to show strong public support for an independent redistricting commission.
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.
On March 27, Senate Bill 22 was considered in the Senate State Government Committee, along with three other redistricting reform bills.
Three of the 14 California commissioners gave of their own time to share the message: average citizens, working together, can create fairer, more responsive district maps.