HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf is rejecting a Republican-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to replace the GOP-drawn map struck down in a gerrymandering case, leaving him to make a different recommendation to the state’s high court.
Wolf’s move Tuesday comes six days before the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court says it’ll impose new boundaries for Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts.
Wolf says the Republicans’ latest plan still contains unconstitutionally partisan tactics that favor Republicans. Wolf hasn’t released a proposed map, and justices could consider proposals from lawmakers and other parties to the gerrymandering case.
Republicans are threatening a federal lawsuit and say Gov. Wolf didn’t offer solutions when he rejected their proposal.
The state Senate’s Republican majority leader, Jake Corman, also warned Tuesday that the state Supreme Court will create a constitutional crisis if it imposes new boundaries.
Corman says the U.S. Constitution gives lawmakers the power to draw congressional boundaries. But Corman says there’s no time under the court’s deadlines for Pennsylvania’s Legislature to pass a new map.
The court threw out Pennsylvania’s GOP-drawn congressional map last month, saying it violated the state constitution.
A redrawn map of Pennsylvania districts could boost Democrats nationally in their quest to take control of the U.S. House.
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