Democrats prepare to take turn at drawing US House districts

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Top Democratic state lawmakers said they want to work with Gov. Tom Wolf in presenting a consensus Democratic plan of congressional districts to Supreme Court justices, who are poised to impose new boundaries.

State Sen. Jay Costa and Rep. Frank Dermody said Monday that they hope to meet with Wolf, as early as Tuesday.

A redrawn map of Pennsylvania districts could boost Democrats nationally in their quest to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Democratic-majority state Supreme Court threw out Pennsylvania's GOP-drawn congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering.

Justices have promised to produce a new map by February 19 and could consider proposals by Wolf, lawmakers and other parties to the gerrymandering case.

Costa and Dermody have urged Wolf to reject a Republican map submitted to him three days ago.

Lt. Gov. Mike Stack, one of the parties to the case, has proposed a new map that, he said, was drawn using nonpartisan algorithms.

His plan would overhaul how Berks County is represented, returning the number of districts within the county from four to one.

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