Credit: Commonwealth Media Services

Supreme Court May Take Up PA Redistricting Case

The Petition Is NOT Intended To Affect The Fall Election

June 22, 2018 - 9:14 am

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The top Republicans in the Pennsylvania legislature are returning to the US Supreme Court, seeking a decision on whether the state Supreme Court had the power to impose a new map of congressional districts.

But a spokesman for the House speaker says the petition is NOT intended to affect the fall election.

The US Supreme Court has already twice declined to get involved. But those petitions were for emergency injunctions.

Now, state House Speaker Mike Turzai and the top Republican in the Senate are asking the nation’s high court for full consideration of the case.

As to why the leaders waited until now, Turzai spokesman Neal Lesher points to recent redistricting rulings from the US Supreme Court…

“We were waiting for the outcome of the other two cases because depending on what the court decided there, it could influence the arguments that we made and it could have opened additional questions.”

But legal analysts say those rulings sidestepped gerrymandering issues.

Lesher says what the leaders want is a decision from the nation’s high court on a separation of powers issue.

And he says no matter what, it will not change the congressional district maps in place for the coming fall election.