This we hope is the final edition of redefine the lines for 2018.  Thank you for focusing on this important matter.  Please follow me on Facebook or Twitter for further updates on fair districts and elections.

GOP Congresspersons Claims Are Dismissed

Though we had no new updates last week, Monday, 19 March, the federal district court dismissed the lawsuit filed by eight GOP congressmen. The eight congressmen filed the lawsuit stating the new congressional map was unconstitutional and that shifting district lines confused voters. The federal court rejected the claims and brought our state one step closer to confirming the new congressional state map.

Review Denied by Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States decided to leave the new map in place. On 19 March, the US Supreme Court denied the GOP’s efforts to stop implementation of the new congressional map drawn by the PA Supreme Court. This appears to be the final court ruling on the new congressional maps. This decision came a day before the 20 March deadline for congressional candidates to file nominating petitions to be on the ballot for the primary on 15 May. It is reported that over 100 candidates have filed to run in the 18 congressional districts.

State Government Hearing

As we look beyond the disputed 2011 congressional map many issues remain on future legislative maps. A hearing to consider various solutions is still scheduled 27 March for 9:00a.m. in Hearing Room 1 North Office Building with the State Senate Government Committee. This hearing is open to the public.

Dare to Care,

Art Haywood
State Senator
4th District