Pa Now Has Political Boundary Lines

05.09.13 | Sarah Harnisch

The State Supreme Court is upholding a revised plan to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania's legislative districts. The court's unanimous ruling came after it initially rejected a map drawn by a five-member commission of top lawmakers and a former judge. The map will take effect for Pennsylvania's 203 house districts and 50 senate districts in next year's election. The court also rejected the legislative reapportionment commission's original plan in January 2012, agreeing with citizen challengers that political considerations had unduly split municipalities and produced strangely shaped districts.  

Meanwhile, a new Franklin & Marshall College poll says despite months of higher visibility aimed at boosting his image, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett remains stuck with low approval ratings. The poll's director says that could endanger his re-election chances if he doesn't rebound. Only one in four of Pennsylvania registered voters rated Corbett's job performance as excellent or good. The same number believe he deserves re-election, only about three in 10 view him favorably.