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Philadelphia Area Politicians Bash Redistricting Plan

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(Credit: Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio)

(Credit: Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Politicians and citizens from southeastern Pennsylvania gave an earful to members of the commission charged with drawing up new state legislative districts at a recent hearing on the panel’s preliminary plan.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission heard from, among others, West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta, who expressed her concerns about the plan to put the borough, currently situated in the 156th State House District, in two districts.

“It would be an anomaly for half of the borough – the seat of Chester County – to be moved to the 160th District, which is essentially a Delaware County District,” Comitta said.

“Lower Merion is a first class township of 24-square-miles that’s now proposed to be represented not by two, not by three, but by four different House members,” said Elizabeth Rogan, President of the Lower Merion Township Commissioners.

The Reapportionment Commission also heard complaints about proposed legislative districts in Delaware County and Philadelphia. Final action on the plan is expected next month.

Reported by Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio

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