In the Jan. 7 article regarding state Rep. Garth Everett retiring, Rep. Everett spoke about gerrymandering. He stated that “redistricting reform continues,” that it shouldn’t be “for the state judiciary to determine,” but he “didn’t know if there is a consensus in the Legislature to make a change.” A recent Franklin and Marshall College survey found that 67 percent of those polled wanted an independent citizens’ commission to draw state and federal districts — not legislators. PA House Bills 22 and 23, which would create that independent citizens’ commission, continue to sit in Rep. Everett’s House Government Committee, even though close to 45 percent of the House representatives have signed on as co-sponsors. These bills would go a long way to restoring fundamental trust in our state government and eliminating the need for ongoing judicial intervention. I would suggest that one way to find out if there is a consensus regarding redistricting reform would be to get those bills out of committee and onto the floor for a vote. Ending partisan gerrymandering would be a legacy that would make a retired politician feel proud.
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