HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — With the dust not yet settled from a bitter battle over the shape of Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts, a state Senate committee Tuesday heard hours of testimony about possible changes to the state’s redistricting process. The panel’s chairman says it’s not just idle chatter.
The testimony before the Senate State Government Committee involved different proposals to create a citizens commission on redistricting.READ MORE: Gas Prices Stabilize Or Dip In New Jersey, Around Nation At Large
The committee is chaired by Lebanon County Republican Mike Folmer – one of the plaintiffs in an unsuccessful federal lawsuit to block the Congressional map imposed by the state Supreme Court.
Folmer says he and Senate Republican leaders are sincere in their willingness to consider changing the redistricting process.READ MORE: 2 Men In Critical Condition After Friday Night Shooting In West Philadelphia: Police
“I never got the feel from my two leaders that they were looking about losing power here, in my discussions with them,” he told KYW Newsradio. “That never came up.”
Folmer says the leaders were concerned about judicial overreach – and he believes the top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate are open to reforming the redistricting process.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania State Representative Kevin Boyle Arrested, Charged With Harassment And Violation Of A Protection From Abuse Order
Whether the same is true in the House, however, is another matter.