State Legislature to Miss Deadline for Passing New Map

But GOP leaders plan to submit a draft to the governor.

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Ally Mutnick
Feb. 9, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

“The state legislature will not pass a new congressional map before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Friday deadline. But the Republican leaders who control both chambers weren’t ready Thursday to cede the redrawing of districts to the state’s highest court, which has a Democratic majority.” Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and House Speaker Mike Turzai “were considering submitting a draft map to the governor Friday, staffers said. Then they could call lawmakers back in the coming days to vote on that map, or a different one.”

“Whether that plan works could boil down to the interpretation of a key word in the court’s order — and whether justices believe the lawmakers are acting in good faith. … Under the order,” Gov. Tom Wolf (D) “was given until Feb. 15 to approve a map and send it to the court. If that deadline is not met, the Supreme Court said it will draw the district lines itself, considering proposals from the parties in the case. Republican attorneys, noting that the court order wrote “submit” rather than “enact,” believed that might open door for Scarnati and Turzai … to present a joint plan to the governor — without votes. But in its majority opinion, finally released Wednesday, the word enact was used multiple times, implying that floor votes would be needed.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)


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