2011-12-15 / Local & State

Panel To Vote On Final Pa. Redistricting Plan

By Peter Jackson

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The panel in charge of redrawing Pennsylvania's legislative districts is poised to vote on a final plan.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission is to vote Monday on the final shape of the 203 House districts and 50 Senate districts for the next decade.

The five-member panel includes the floor leaders from both chambers and an appointed chairman, Stephen McEwen, a senior Superior Court judge who is the panel's third Republican member.

House leaders were discussing a possible compromise, but Senate leaders are divided.

Senate Republicans revised their plan last week and re-crafted the central Pennsylvania district of Sen. Jeffrey Piccola.

The original plan, widely criticized as political gerrymandering to ensure Piccola's re-election, was changed to reflect his decision not to run. It no longer even includes the area where Piccola lives.

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