Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pa. Supreme Court throws out redistricting plan

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has thrown out a legislative redistricting plan aimed at redrawing district lines for seats in the state House and Senate.

According to the Jan. 25 order, the 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Plan has been remanded back to the reapportionment commission. The court’s order calls the plan “contrary to law.”

Delco Democratic Party Chairman David Landau said he was “absolutely delighted” that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court put a stop to the legislative redistricting plan.

“This plan was a disgrace,” he said.

The plan called for several changes to Delco legislative districts, including the removal of Haverford’s 1st and 9th wards out of the 166th Legislative District represented by state Rep. Greg Vitali, and into the 163rd Legislative District represented by Nick Micozzie of Upper Darby.

The plan to redraw the state House and Senate boundaries had been approved last month by the five-member commission comprised of the four caucus leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-9, of Chester. The fifth member of the committee was retired state Superior Court Judge Stephen McEwen, a Republican former Delaware County district attorney.

Republicans have maintained the process was fair and driven by population shifts reflected in the 2010 federal Census.

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