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PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT COMMISSION RESPONSIBLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT WOULD MAKE LEGISLATIVE REAPPORTIONMENT
 COMMISSION RESPONSIBLE FOR CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING
 HARRISBURG, Pa., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- State Rep. Allen Kukovich (D-Westmoreland) today introduced a constitutional amendment that would give the responsibility for congressional redistricting to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
 "I was disappointed," the House Democratic Policy chairman stated, "by the legislature's inability to build a consensus. Our lack of action was based on parochial and provincial concerns which politically outweighed the need for a balanced statewide congressional map. The current demographics in Pennsylvania make it extremely difficult to develop a plan that will satisfy all the different communities and constituencies. This led to unnecessary delay and inconvenience to interested parties as a result of our failure to formalize new congressional seats. Having worked on reapportionment the last 18 months, I believe the commission can develop a responsible congressional plan in a timely manner."
 Current law establishes a five-person commission consisting of each caucus leader, or his designee, and a fifth member selected by the four legislators. The commission is charged with redrawing state Senate and House districts. Kukovich represented House Democrats on the 1991 Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
 "It just makes good sense," he said. "Once the statewide plan is completed, the commission has the knowledge, the resources and the ability to prepare a congressional plan. The fiasco we endured this year should never happen again."
 The measure, if adopted, would affect the 2002 primary and general elections. Twenty-six House members, from both parties, co-sponsored the Kukovich proposal.
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 /CONTACT: Kimberly Turner of the Office of Democratic Legislative Information, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 717-787-7895/ CO: Pennsylvania House of Representatives ST: Pennsylvania IN: SU: LEG


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