Countdown to appeal


Pennsylvania cit­izens have un­til Ju­ly 8 to ap­peal the fi­nal plan ap­proved by the Le­gis­lat­ive Re­ap­por­tion­ment Com­mis­sion.

The com­mis­sion, by a 4-1 vote, ap­proved new maps for the 50 seats in the state Sen­ate and 203 seats in the state House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

The maps, if ap­proved by the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court, will take ef­fect for the 2014 elec­tions.

Un­der the pro­posed maps, the North­east would be di­vided in­to two Sen­ate dis­tricts, the 2nd and the 5th.

As for the House maps, the North­east would be rep­res­en­ted in nine dis­tricts.

The 169th Le­gis­lat­ive Dis­trict would move to York County. The dis­trict is cur­rently rep­res­en­ted by Demo­crat Ed Neilson, whose home di­vi­sion will be moved in­to the 174th dis­trict, set­ting up a po­ten­tial primary show­down with Rep. John Sabat­ina Jr. in two years. Neilson faces Re­pub­lic­an Dave Kralle in Novem­ber.

Ap­peals can be sent to the Pennsylvania Su­preme Court, 601 Com­mon­wealth Ave., P.O. Box 62575, Har­ris­burg, PA 17106-2575. ••


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