The York Daily Record reports that the redistricting bill currently being hashed out in the Pennsylvania Senate and Assembly was voted out of its Senate committee to the full Senate. It will not mean much, however, unless the comparable bill in the Assembly is not held in committee. One Senator pointed out that the bill as it currently stands effectively has a loophole:
Sen. Jake Corman, R-Centre, opposed the bill, saying it should be amended to ensure lawmakers can’t stonewall the process to their benefit. Under Boscola’s bill, lawmakers can amend the plan if they twice reject plans drawn by the bureau. Committee Chairman Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin/York, said he agreed it would be better to amend the bill to prevent lawmakers from making any changes, but he said it’s still a good bill that can be amended on the Senate floor.
The bill was among a couple of reform bills approved by the committee including a bill relating to legislators accepting gifts and a bill mandating that state advertisements bear the line “Paid for with Pennsylvania taxpayer dollars.”