Pa. high court to air redistricting challenges

    Pennsylvania’s highest court is taking another look at the state’s legislative redistricting.

    The state Supreme Court has scheduled a Thursday hearing in Philadelphia on the latest plan for realigning the boundaries of the 50 Senate districts and 203 House districts to conform to the 2010 census.

    The court rejected the first plan in January by a 4-3 vote, forcing this year’s elections to be based on decade-old maps.

    Republicans who control the state redistricting panel say they’ve tried to address the justices’ concerns. But some challengers say the new plan does not go far enough to minimize the number of communities split into multiple districts.

    Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says the court must decide whether those calls should be made by the panel or delegated to a computer.

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