See what we’ve already accomplished—and what needs to happen next.
Building on productive relationships cultivated in past sessions, Fair Districts PA leaders worked closely with legislators to fashion an innovative reform strategy for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 legislative sessions.
Two senate bills have been drafted that match the language of HB 22 and 23. They will be numbered SB 1022 and 1023 so they are instantly recognizable. When these reserved numbers come available, the bills will be introduced. In the meantime, Senator Boscola is accepting cosponsors for soon-to-be SB 1022 and Senator Killion is accepting cosponsors for the upcoming SB 1023.
In the final days of 2016, FDPA leaders and allies worked with legislators and policy staff to redraft reform bills ignored by the PA Legislature in the 2015-16 session. In the 2017-18 session, Fair Districts PA supporters made redistricting reform an issue to be reckoned with. The House bill we supported (HB 722) gained more co-sponsors than any other introduced in its session. The Senate bill (SB 22) was amended and passed in the Senate only to die under the weight of over 600 proposed amendments in the House. In the end, legislative maneuvers in both houses made clear the need for attention to procedural rules and the need for even stronger outreach to legislators and the public.
Fair Districts PA supporters have made presentations in communities across the state, testified before the Legislature, appeared on dozens of radio and TV public affairs programs, and talked with numerous editorial boards.
Speak up. Show your elected officials that their constituents demand fair redistricting policies.
We’ve made great progress in informing the public on the issue and in making our concerns clear to our Pennsylvania legislators. But there’s still work to be done, and we’ll need your help to ensure that in future elections we are the ones choosing our politicians, not the other way around.