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Boscola Testifies at Redistricting Hearing
On May 2, 2012 ·
Harrisburg, May 2, 2012 — State Sen. Lisa Boscola today asked the Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission (LRC) to better adhere to compactness, municipal continuity and communities of interest when it finalizes legislative district boundaries this year.
“As evidenced by the drastic changes that occurred to the 18th Senate District (Northampton/Lehigh/Monroe) over the past 20 years, the commission should strive to attain continuity of communities in the redistricting process, only removing municipalities from districts when absolutely necessary,” Boscola said.
She pointed out that the 18th District has been a target of politically-motivated redistricting shenanigans over the past two decades, even prompting her to file suit following the 2000 redistricting process.
“Nearly half of the population that was in this district in 1991 no longer resides in the 18th,” Boscola said. “Not because these individuals moved out of the area, but rather because the redistricting process moved the district away from them.”
She added that “continuity in the redistricting process helps residents know who is representing them in Harrisburg and Washington.”
Boscola told the commission that these drastic reapportionment fluctuations occurred at a time when the 18th District gained population. She said the district could have easily been kept intact and made even more compact.
The commission held the hearing to get public feedback on its recently approved preliminary plan. The state Supreme Court rejected a previous version. Boscola urged the commission to make the necessary adjustments to its latest preliminary plan to better reflect what she called the three C’s, “compactness, communities of interest and continuity of municipalities.”
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