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May 08, 2013
The Supreme Court unanimously approved the Legislative Reapportionment Commission's 2012 Revised Final Plan.
June 08, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission adopts a revised final plan at a public administrative meeting. Watch the meeting. Details of the revised final plan can be found here (press release).
June 01, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission will hold a public hearing on June 8, 2012 at 2:00p.m. in Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The purpose of this meeting (agenda) is to vote on a final reapportionment plan.
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May 07, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission holds a public hearing on May 7, 2012 in Harrisburg. Watch the hearing
May 03, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission holds a public hearing on May 2, 2012 in Harrisburg. Watch the hearing
April 16, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission will hold a public hearing on May 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Hearing Room One - North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA (press release, view summary of testimony for May 2 and May 7).
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April 12, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission adopts a revised preliminary plan at a public administrative meeting (press release). Watch: Part 1 [WMV] Part 2 [WMV] Listen [MP3]. Details of the revised preliminary plan can be found here.
April 03, 2012
The Legislative Reapportionment Commission will hold a public meeting on April 12, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building. The purpose of this meeting (agenda) is to consider the adoption of a Preliminary Reapportionment Plan (press release).
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March 01, 2012
The 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Commission Public Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building has been postponed. This Public Meeting will be rescheduled for a later date (press release).

Legislative Leaders Seek Applicants Interested in Serving as Chair of Reapportionment Commission

January 20, 2011

HARRISBURG — The four caucus floor leaders — Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9), House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R-28), Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-43), and House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody (D-33) — today announced that they are seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as the chair of the 2011 Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC).

The LRC is a five-member panel responsible for redrawing the boundaries for state Senate and state House districts. Article II, Section 17, of the state constitution names the four caucus floor leaders as members of the Commission. They are to choose a fifth member, who serves as chair of the LRC.

The constitution requires that the chair of the LRC be a citizen of Pennsylvania who does not hold a local, state or federal office to which compensation is attached.

"Redistricting is a once-a-decade exercise, and among the most important issues we will address in 2011. One of my goals is for this to be the most open and transparent redistricting process in the history of Pennsylvania," said Sen. Pileggi. "A public search for someone to chair the Commission is the best first step in making that happen."

"To ensure each Pennsylvanian is fairly represented in the Legislature, we will have a very public process," said Rep. Turzai. "In fact, fairness, efficiency and openness will be our guiding principles. I certainly hope people follow our progress and participate through the public meetings, our forthcoming website or writing us personally."

"Reapportionment is a painstaking and incredibly important process in which all Pennsylvanians need to be included," said Sen. Costa. "Balance and transparency need to be the over-riding principles which guide that process, and I look forward to getting started by opening that process to qualified applicants who want to participate as a member of the commission."

"The determination of fair districts of equal population will take months, but it begins with the selection of a fifth member to chair the LRC," said Rep. Dermody. "It is a huge responsibility and I hope that many interested people will ask for consideration."

The floor leaders, who will be officially certified as members of the LRC in February, said they expect to hold one or more public meetings to interview applicants.

State legislative districts must be redrawn to reflect population changes over the past decade as measured by the federal census. Each Senate district and each House district must conform to the one person, one vote standard established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1964 (Reynolds v. Sims).

Interested individuals must be willing to serve, uninterrupted, for the entire timeframe required for the Commission to complete its work, approximately early April through November. Although serving as chair of the LRC is not necessarily a full-time commitment, it does require a significant investment of time. Historically, the chair of the LRC has been provided with a small staff for the duration of the Commission's work.

Previous LRC chairs include retired Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Montemuro, Jr., in 2001, attorney Robert J. Cindrich in 1991, James O. Freedman, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981, and Professor A. Leo Levin of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1971.

Applicants should send a resume or curriculum vitae, along with a letter explaining their qualifications to serve as chair of the Commission and their reasons for being interested in the position, to:

Legislative Reapportionment Commission
c/o Kathy Sullivan, Executive Director
Legislative Data Processing Center
G-27 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Submissions can also be sent via email to redistricting@palegislature.us. Applications must be received no later than February 18.

The leaders indicated that, in addition to those who apply via this process, other qualified individuals may also be considered to chair the Commission. If the floor leaders do not reach agreement on an individual to serve as chair of the LRC, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will make the appointment.

CONTACT (Sen. Pileggi): Erik Arneson, earneson@pasen.gov, (717) 787-4712
CONTACT (Rep. Turzai): Steve Miskin, smiskin@pahousegop.com, (717) 705-1852
CONTACT (Sen. Costa): Lisa Scullin, lscullin@pasenate.com, (717) 787-7683
CONTACT (Rep. Dermody): Bill Patton, bpatton@pahouse.net, (717) 787-3566