House GOP Selects Citizen Card for Proposed New Pennsylvania Congressional Districts

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HARRISBURG – A key State House committee has released its preliminary map of Congress, marking a major milestone in the redistribution process.

Rep. Seth Grove (R., York) said the House State Government Committee selected a map drawn by former Lehigh County Republican Commissioner Amanda Holt from 19 citizen submissions. Holt became a well-known redistribution activist a decade ago and was a plaintiff in a successful case against previous cards of the State House and Senate.

Grove said his panel will hold an information hearing on Thursday and a voting meeting on Monday.

“Over the past several months, advocates and ordinary Pennsylvanians have told us they don’t want the process of years past,” Grove said in a statement. “The people of Pennsylvania have called for increased public participation, a map drawn by people, not politicians, and the ability to comment on a draft plan before a final vote is taken. “

Rep. Scott Conklin, the Democrat ranked on the panel, told Spotlight PA he had no influence on the selection of the card.

“I just saw the map,” he said. “We actually asked if we could have a witness at a Zoom meeting tomorrow and we were turned down.”

“I had high hopes and cannot express my disappointment that this was not done in a bipartisan fashion,” Conklin added.

See the map below or here.

This story will be updated.

Danielle Ohl of Spotlight PA contributed reporting.

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