(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai have issued the following statement regarding today’s Emergency Application for Stay filing before the Supreme Court of the United States:
“Today, an Emergency Application for Stay was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore. The Application requests the U.S. Supreme Court to stay the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Orders, which held the 2011 Congressional Map Plan was unconstitutional under the Free and Equal Elections Clause and adopted its own court-drawn remedial plan.
“Now that the opinions have been filed and the remedial map issued, we are again requesting the United States Supreme Court to issue a stay pending our appeal as the issues are now ripe.
“The application for a stay argues that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated the U.S. Constitution’s Elections Clause when it legislated from the bench adding new requirements for drawing congressional districts which do not exist in either the Pennsylvania Constitution or the U.S. Constitution. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court further violated the Elections Clause by implementing a remedial phase that did not give the General Assembly an ‘adequate opportunity’ to enact a new map.
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s eleventh-hour intrusion into the congressional electoral process cannot be permitted. It will cause significant voter confusion so close to the congressional election, not to mention the special election in the 18th Congressional District.”