Pennsylvania Supreme Court out congressional map

Pennsylvania Supreme Court out congressional map

Pennsylvania Supreme Court out congressional map

While much of the political world's attention Monday was focused on whether Congress would figure a way to reopen the government, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed Democrats a big win.

By a 4-3 decision, Pennsylvania's Supreme Court ordered the Republican-controlled state legislature to redraw the lines by February 15, an extraordinarily quick timeline that will reset the districts in time for the state's May congressional primaries.

Senate Republicans plan to seek a stay to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision Monday to throw out the state's current Congressional district lines as an unconstitutional gerrymander.

The court ruling says the state General Assembly must submit a new plan for congressional districts that satisfies the requirements of the state constitution to the governor before February 9, and if the governor accepts the plan, it must go to the Supreme Court by February 15.

Wolf, for his part, applauded the decision and said he would cooperate to expedite the new maps.

In the decision, the majority justices found that the map "clearly, plainly and palpably violate the Constitution" of the state. They succeeded, securing 13 of 18 situates in a state where enrolled Democratic voters dwarf Republicans 5 to 4.

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"It's well established that the United States Supreme Court does not review decisions of state force that exclusively construe state law", attorney Stanton Jones said.

The U.S. Incomparable Court additionally is measuring in the case of redistricting can be partisan to the point that it disregards the U.S. Constitution, in cases from Maryland and Wisconsin.

The suit, originally brought by the League of Women Voters, contended that "in 2011 Pennsylvania elected officials manipulated the congressional district boundaries to entrench a Republican delegation in Congress and minimize the ability of Democrats voters to elect U.S. House representatives".

Last week, the nation's highest appellate court blocked a lower court's order for North Carolina to redraw its congressional lines. The court is expected to rule by the end of June in both cases.

Opponents of the map argued the state legislature violated the state's constitution by drawing House districts to expressly benefit Republicans.

One Democratic justice, Max Baer, agreed with the court majority that the map is illegal but said he would have delayed a new map until the 2020 election cycle to avoid "chaos". The court said in its order that that race will proceed under the old congressional map.

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