For Immediate Release
HARRISBURG – Today the Pennsylvania Supreme Court voted unanimously to uphold the Legislative Reapportionment Commission’s Final Reapportionment Plan, according to Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).
“The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Final Reapportionment Plan for State Legislative Senate and House Districts is a positive development for Pennsylvania citizens,” Scarnati stated.
“Throughout the redistricting process, my primary concern has been that residents in every area of the Commonwealth are fairly represented and that district lines are based on accurate population fluctuations,” Scarnati said. “These approved Legislative maps are well balanced and well within the parameters set forth in our Constitution.”
“I commend Chief Justice Castille, Justice Saylor, Justice Eakin, Justice Baer, Justice Todd and Justice McCaffery for their diligent efforts to ensure that citizens across the Commonwealth receive the accurate representation granted to them by our Constitution,” Scarnati stated. “Each of our Supreme Court Justices, Senator Dominic Pileggi and House commission members have invested significant time into making certain that the Final Reapportionment Plan accurately reflects recent population shifts.”
In Pennsylvania the redistricting process takes place following the Census every ten years. During that period the 50 State Senate seats and 203 House of Representative seats must be examined and adjusted to make sure they reflect the current population distribution, Scarnati explained.
“The reappointment process began in 2011, and over the past two years has been extremely open and transparent with numerous public hearings,” Scarnati said. “The process was extended, in part, due to the fact that significant effort was made to solicit and respond to legitimate concerns.”
The Final Revised Reapportionment Plan, approved today, was voted by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission on June 8, 2012.
Scarnati noted that the upheld Reapportionment Plan accurately provides for proper representation in areas like western Pennsylvania, where there has been significant population growth over the past decade.
Scarnati said that under the new redistricting plan, his legislative district will remain the largest geographic Senate district in Pennsylvania. The 25th Senatorial District will comprise all of Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties, and part of Clearfield County.
The approved redistricting maps shall have the force of law beginning with the 2014 election cycle.
More information on the redistricting process and copies of the new legislative maps can be found on the PA Legislative Reapportionment Commission website: http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/index.cfm.