On May 29th the House State Government Committee will hold a meeting on a number of bills, including HB 2420, on redistricting reform. Among the provisions of the bill are that districts follow the lines of political subdivisions (county, township, ward, etc., boundaries) and have to be contiguous -- just meeting at one point is not contiguous. (There are districts that look like two triangles that only meet at the tip.)
The Pennsylvania League of Women Voters has a great deal of information on the bill. See also Chris Satullo's 5/10 column, "You can help to kill the evil gerrymander."
Sponsors and co-sponsors are:
By Representatives SAMUELSON, TANGRETTI, LEACH, BENNINGHOFF, JOSEPHS, McILVAINE SMITH, FREEMAN, CARROLL, BASTIAN, BEAR, BENNINGTON, BEYER, BOYD, BRENNAN, BROOKS, BUXTON, CALTAGIRONE, CLYMER, CONKLIN, COSTA, CREIGHTON, CUTLER, DALLY, DePASQUALE, DiGIROLAMO, EVERETT, FRANKEL, GALLOWAY, GEORGE, GERBER, GIBBONS, GOODMAN, GRELL, GRUCELA, HANNA, HARHART, HARPER, HORNAMAN, HUTCHINSON, KESSLER, KING, KORTZ, KULA, LENTZ, LEVDANSKY, MAHONEY, MANDERINO, MANN, MANTZ, MARSHALL, McILHATTAN, MELIO, MILNE, MURT, MUSTIO, NAILOR, NICKOL, O'NEILL, PASHINSKI, PAYTON, PEIFER, PETRI, PRESTON, QUINN, RAMALEY, READSHAW, ROAE, ROCK, RUBLEY, SCAVELLO, SCHRODER, SEIP, SHAPIRO, SHIMKUS, SIPTROTH, K. SMITH, M. SMITH, STEIL, SWANGER, R. TAYLOR, TRUE, VULAKOVICH, WAGNER, WALKO, WATSON, J. WHITE, WOJNAROSKI, YUDICHAK, REED and HELM.
If your legislator's name is not on this list (or even if it is), please let them know you support this bill. It needs to pass before the end of this legislative session.