If you were watching for evidence that the PA House and Senate are listening to voters, you now know you were waiting in vain. After weeks of lofty language about elevating the voices of voters and listening to the people, our legislative leaders proved beyond a tiny shadow of a doubt that partisan games are still the order of the day.
Representative Wendi Thomas has introduced House Bill 2638, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, designed to increase transparency and public engagement and provide clear, measurable map-drawing criteria.
The PA House and Senate seemed to recess weeks ago but have since been adding session days and committee meetings to push a mix of bills. This week they’ll be voting on several constitutional amendments, which opens the window to adding our bills as amendments to those amendments.
The Fourth of July commemorates the abiding right of the governed to alter or abolish any form of government that ignores the people’s voice. That right was enshrined in the Pennsylvania Constitution, which declares that “all power is inherent in the people” who have “at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.”