Mullery issues statement in response to proposed new legislative maps

HARRISBURG, Dec. 17 –  State Rep. Gerald Mullery offered the following statement in response to Pennsylvania's proposed legislative maps which were unveiled yesterday.

“You cannot understate the importance of the work conducted by the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission. Their initial plan, approved during yesterday's hearing, has clearly established legislative district lines, which provide for fair and effective representation for all Pennsylvanians.

"I could not be more pleased with the efforts undertaken by the commission to accurately reflect the changes in our state’s population, designate appropriate legislative boundaries, and secure the voice of the electorate.

“I applaud the commission members on their collaborative efforts to draw maps without resorting to partisan gerrymandering, which has plagued previous maps. This was a difficult task given the level of gerrymandering present in the current maps.” 

Mullery said, per the Pennsylvania Constitution (Article II, Section 17), with the reapportionment plan announced, there is a 30-day period for the public to review the plan. Any person aggrieved by the plan can file exceptions with the plan to the commission during that 30-day review period.

The commission will have 30 days after the date to file exceptions to revise the plan. If no exceptions are filed or if filed and acted upon, the commission's plan becomes final. Any aggrieved person may appeal the final plan directly to the state Supreme Court to rule on whether the final plan is contrary to law.

If the plan is contrary to law, the Supreme Court will remand the plan to the commission with direction to adjust. Unlike congressional redistricting, there is no vote taken by the General Assembly on the plan. The governor cannot veto the plan. The commission's plan can only be altered by the commission or the state Supreme Court.

Mullery believes everyone should participate in the process and urges anyone who agrees or disagrees with the proposed plan to contact the commission.