Pennsylvania Bar Association establishes committee to review legislative reapportionment process
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania: As part of its Constitutional Review Commission, the Pennsylvania Bar Association has established the Legislative Reapportionment Committee, tasked with examining the state's reapportionment process. To that end, the committee will be holding public hearings from January through May to thoroughly examine the issue.
Pennsylvania Bar Association President Gretchen A. Mundorff stated that citizen input is vital to their work, explaining, "If the members of the commission's committees conclude that changes are needed based on public input and members' own findings, they will offer suggestions for enacting legislation, amending the state's Constitution or convening a Constitutional Convention."
The commission is seeking testimony from citizens in four main areas:
- Problems that have occurred in past Pennsylvania reapportionments
- Specific problems said to be the result of Pennsylvania's constitutional reapportionment provisions
- The possible benefits of changing the Pennsylvania Constitution by amendment or convention regarding reapportionment
- The possible benefits of adopting a nonpartisan reapportionment process
The first public hearing is scheduled to take place on January 26, 2011, at Widener Law School in Harrisburg. A full listing of dates can be found on the committee's website.
Currently, legislative reapportionment is handled by the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. The 5 member Commission is composed of the Majority and Minority leaders from the state House and Senate, and a fifth member selected by those four.