Lawmakers are coming back to Harrisburg this week

01.13.20 | Terry Diener

One priority for this session has been in the works for many years: overhauling the commonwealth’s redistricting laws.

Right now, Pennsylvania’s legislature draws the congressional districts, and the governor signs off on them. State House and Senate districts are drawn by a panel of legislative leaders, plus a fifth outside member who is often appointed by the state Supreme Court.

Critics say there’s too much incentive for partisan legislators to draw district lines that protect their allies.

Many pro-reform lawmakers say they want an independent citizens’ commission to draw the lines, but they frequently differ on details.