State Senator John Blake joins bipartisan coalition to call for significant redistricting reform

June 8th, 2015 1:35 pm

HARRISBURG — State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) joined a bipartisan group of legislators from the Pennsylvania State Senate and state House of Representatives to announce the establishment of a redistricting work group that will work to reform the way legislative and Congressional districts are drawn.

Earlier this year, Blake introduced Senate Bill 662 which proposes to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to remove legislators from direct approval or rejection of any redistricting plans. Blake’s proposal would task a Legislative Redistricting Commission, composed of eight legislative appointments and a neutral chairperson, with concurrently completing state and federal redistricting within one plan. As a proposed constitutional amendment, the legislation would need to be passed in two consecutive legislative sessions.

Blake will be joined on the redistricting work group by State Sens. Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh), Rob Teplitz (D-Dauphin), John Eichelberger (R-Blair) as well as a number of state Representatives and other members of statewide government reform advocacy groups.