Pa. Senate Democrats plan to contest redistricting

    A newspaper is reporting that Democrats in the state Senate are planning to contest the latest legislative redistricting plan.

    Minority Leader Jay Costa told the McKeesport Daily News in a story published Thursday that an appeal will be filed later this week.

    The Allegheny County Democrat cast the only dissenting vote when the five-member Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved the plan last month.
    Costa has objected to multiple aspects of the plan, including a provision that would move one Senate district from southwestern Pennsylvania to the state’s northeastern corner.

    Critics of the redistricting plan have until Wednesday to file appeals. None has been filed so far, but the state Supreme Court has set aside Jan. 23 for a hearing on any appeals that materialize.

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