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Legislative Redistricting

What's the most partisan task performed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly every 10 years? If you guessed legislative redistricting, you'd be absolutely and 100% correct. If you want proof, just look at the majority opinion issued by the Supreme Court during our most recent redistricting debacle that said a normal citizen, using her own home computer, was able to draw better legislative boundaries than the current Legislative Reapportionment Commission.

Earlier this year, I reintroduced legislation that will change the way we draw our Legislative and Congressional districts here in Pennsylvania. My Senate Bill 361 would put an end to partisan redistricting once and for all while keeping the interests of our communities and our citizens at the forefront of this process.

Senate Bill 361 establishes the Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment Bureau. The Bureau will consist of a panel whose members do not hold any political or party office, unlike our current system. Additionally, this legislation will encourage the use of mapping software, which is similar to the redistricting model that is currently used in the state of Iowa. It aims to limit partisanship and politics in the reapportionment and redistricting process.

Legislative redistricting would be accomplished and districts would be drawn considering the following factors:

  • Ideal population
  • Municipal boundaries
  • Contiguous territory
  • Compactness
  • Communities of interest

The current system allows lawmakers to have a hand in drawing their own districts, an outright conflict of interest that gives an advantage to an incumbent legislator or political party. This not only hurts the integrity of our electoral process, but each and every voter in the Commonwealth. In fact, public interest groups such as Common Cause have recently identified partisan redistricting as a leading cause to the current gridlock affecting the U.S. Congress. Districts need to be drawn in a responsible manner, not under political or party influence. Continuing down the same path will mean more of the same, which is unacceptable.

We must instill public confidence back into our redistricting process and eliminate the partisanship and politics. I strongly believe that my bill has the power to accomplish these goals and fix the aspects of our redistricting methodology that are clearly broken.

Unclaimed Property

PA Treasury PA Treasury The Pennsylvania Treasury Department, Bureau of Unclaimed Property received more than $230 million in unclaimed funds during the last fiscal year and returned more than $100 million to rightful owners. I want all my constituents to be aware of the Unclaimed Property program and encourage everyone to inquire on whether you may be among the many Pennsylvanians who are owed unclaimed property.

Unclaimed property is a financial asset that has been left with institutions like banks, insurance companies, or other businesses and organizations. After five years of possessing this unclaimed property, these institutions are required by law to transfer abandoned property to the Treasury Department. The Treasury Department holds unclaimed property until it is claimed by the rightful owner and each year the Department receives millions of dollars in unclaimed property. Unclaimed property can include funds from abandoned bank accounts, forgotten stocks, uncashed checks, certificates of deposit, life insurance policies, safe deposit box contents, and recovered stolen property.

In an effort to assist Pennsylvanians in recovering unclaimed property, the Treasury Department has created a database that allows individuals to search by name to locate any assets that may be being held by the Department. To search this database, you may visit the Department's database. Simply enter your last name in the appropriate space and click on the “submit” button. If you discover your name on the list you must then request a claim form which will need to be completed before being submitted to the Department in order to receive your property.

If you need assistance with searching for unclaimed property or in submitting a claim, please contact one of my district offices and my staff will gladly assist you in recovering your property. You may also contact the Treasury Department by phone at 1-800-222-2046 to search for any unclaimed property. If you have additional questions about the Unclaimed Property program, you may also view frequently asked questions on the Department’s website.

Did You Know…

Did you know that nearly one of every 10 Pennsylvanians has unclaimed property?

Shopping For Natural Gas Providers

PUC PUC PUC PUC PUC The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has created an online tool to assist consumers throughout the Commonwealth in shopping for a competitive natural gas supplier. PAGasSwitch, which is located on the PUC’s website, www.puc.pa.gov, allows consumers to view a list of alternative natural gas suppliers to their natural gas distribution company. It also shows the consumer’s traditional natural gas supplier and what prices they offer along with the terms and conditions they set as a part of their services.

PAGasSwitch allows both natural gas distribution companies and natural gas suppliers to enter and edit their pricing information so consumers can compare prices of their distributor to suppliers that offer competitive gas supply in their service area. If you are interested in comparing prices and wish to shop for a new natural gas supplier, please visit www.puc.pa.gov and click on the PAGasSwitch tab at the bottom of the page to get started.


Offices of State Senator Lisa M. Boscola

www.senatorboscola.com
BETHLEHEM OFFICE
Main Street Commons
559 Main Street
Suite 270
Bethlehem, PA 18018
(610) 868-8667
Fax: (610) 861-2184
Toll-free: 1-877-535-1818
WHITEHALL OFFICE
West Catasauqua Prof.
Office Bldg.
2123 N. 1st Avenue
Suite A-4
Whitehall, PA 18052
(610) 266-2117
Fax: (610) 266-2169
POCONO OFFICE
Dominick A. Lockwood
Business Center
600 Main Street
Suite 112
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 420-2938
Fax: (570) 420-2941
HARRISBURG OFFICE
458 Main Capitol Building
Senate Box 203018
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3018
(717) 787-4236
Fax: (717) 783-1257
Senate of PA:
1-800-364-158 (TTY)