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Pennsylvania State House Rep. Lynda Culver, R 108, Sunbury, emerged from a party caucus, and said she hadn’t yet read the Supreme Court decision that blocked a Republicanappeal to block the redrawing.
“But we are aware of the ruling,” she said. “This is a situation no one expected. It remains to be seen what will happen, but I want to make sure that when the lines are redrawn, citizens understand who represents them and who they are voting for. The redistricting shouldn’t have to cost taxpayer money.”
Rep. Supreme Court is not mine. It was filed by Speaker [Mike] Turzai and president pro tempore [Joe] Scarnati. As Paul Harvey used to say, here is the rest of the story.”
The2011 congressional district map, Keller explained, “contained in SB 1249 needed to receive a 102 vote constitutional majority in the state House to proceed to the governor and become law. In 2011, this bill received 100 Republican votes and 36 Democratic votes.
“If the maps are so unfavorable,” Keller said, “why did 40 percent of the Democrats in the state House,
many elected by the plaintiffs in the case, support it?”
Attempts to reach State Rep. Kurt Masser, R 107, Elysburg, for comment were unsuccessful.
Meanwhile, the redrawing of district lineswill be of immense interest toBob Garrett, president and CEO, Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The chamber’s current position on gerrymandering, he said on Monday, “was developed around the 2020 census.
“The chamber encourages those who will draw up and propose new congressional districts to build upon and not harm the natural occuring cohesiveness of our rural area,” he said.
“If I had a magic wand and I could wave it,” Garrett said, “I would say ‘wouldn’t it be neat if they could come up with a congressional district that had the Greater Susquehanna Valley, and kept us at the core of the congressional seat?’ I don’t have that magic wand and the rural nature of our valley is that we are always going to be some part ofa far flung congressional district.”
What the chamber hopes for “is that we keep as much cohesiveness as we possibly can in our four county area,
” he said. “The problem we have with this redrawn map is that there is not going to be any hearing.