HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. Mary Jo Daley, today joined House and Senate Democrats and Republicans at the state Capitol to rally support for redistricting reform legislation.
The bipartisan and bicameral redistricting reform group and its legislation has seven core principles: Assign redistricting authority to an independent citizens commission; reform both congressional and legislative redistricting; prohibit districts from being drawn to favor or discriminate against a political party or candidate; use statistically sound methodology when setting district boundaries; ensure transparency in the process with meaningful opportunities for active public participation; make all districts as equal in population as possible with a minimum range of deviation; and respect political subdivisions and communities of interest.
“The political representation currently in Pennsylvania has made the commonwealth a national example of gerrymandering at its worst,” Daley said. “Redistricting should result in a fair map, putting aside partisan interests and protecting the interests of the voters.”
Daley added that as a member of the redistricting reform group, she has authored legislation (H.B. 878) that would create more openness and fairness in the redistricting process.
“My legislation would require a commission to consider plans drawn by Pennsylvania residents, hold public meetings on those plans, and establish a website to share the results,” Daley said.