|Rep. Thomas Murt addresses the crowd at a rally to reform the redistricting process for Pennsylvania.
HARRISBURG—Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) joined colleagues for a rally Tuesday to urge the Legislature to change the way it redistricts every 10 years.
“It’s time to remove politics from the system,” Murt said.
Murt’s legislation-- House Bill 22-- would create an 11-member Independent Redistricting Commission to replace the existing Legislative Reapportionment Commission, which consists of four legislative leaders plus a chairman appointed by the state Supreme Court.
Instead, this legislation would have House and Senate district lines drawn by a randomly selected group of voters from both major political parties, plus independents and third-party members.
Commission members and their spouses could not have been lobbyists, political operatives or federal or state employees within five years prior to their appointment to the commission.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to our rally in support of reforming our system,” Murt said. “It’s the first step in bringing meaningful reform to Harrisburg.”
Representative Thomas P. Murt, Ed.D.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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