Wednesday June 28, 2017
The Reading Eagle continues to demonstrate the meaning of public service by running a series of articles on gerrymandering and the inequities it causes. Thank you.
Two bills have been introduced in the Pennsylvania Legislature, House Bill 722 and Senate Bill 22. They would amend our state constitution and eliminate gerrymandering by creating an independent commission to draw all legislative districts. HB 722 has more than 90 co-sponsors and SB 22 has 13. The House has 203 members, and there are 50 state senators.
I urge readers to familiarize themselves with the details in these bills and check on the co-sponsors. The bill can be viewed at www.bit.ly/2si8ZPl. Co-sponsors are listed under the History tab. Readers should contact their senator and representative and encourage them to co-sponsor these bills or thank them if they are already a co-sponsor.
Fair Districts PA - Berks County is a group of local volunteers working on this issue. They have a series of information and training sessions open to all. The next ones are July 5 and Aug. 2. Visit www.facebook.com/groups/FairDistrictsBerks/ to learn more.
A large, continuing, grass-roots effort is required to allow local people to select their representatives instead of the representatives selecting the district with the voters they want. I encourage readers to consider joining this group and becoming a volunteer to help improve our democratic processes and regain local community representation and control in Pennsylvania.
Paper doing a good job on redistricting issue