A panel of three federal judges comprised of Judge Christopher Conner, Judge Jerome Simandle, and Judge Kent Jordan declined to immediately toss out the new congressional map which was issued by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Feb. 19, 2018.
The judges, however, fast-tracked a hearing on whether the panel should intervene in the case. A hearing is scheduled to take place on March 9, 2018 in Harrisburg, reports the Associated Press.
House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-28th District) and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R- 25th District) submitted their application for a stay of the new map’s enactment. “The application for a stay argues that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court violated the U.S. Constitution’s Elections Clause when it legislated from the bench adding new requirements for drawing congressional districts which do not exist in either the Pennsylvania Constitution or the U.S. Constitution,” says a joint statement issued on Feb. 21 by Speaker Turzai and Sen. Scarnati.
PAMED’s Advocacy team has been following this story closely not only because of its relevancy within the political arena for pro-physician candidates but also due to its historical impact. We will keep you informed, as this story is far from over. To understand the backstory, a prior email detailed the timeline for creating a new district map.
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