Pa. GOP to Gov. Wolf: 'It's time that you produced a map'

Republicans threatening federal lawsuit

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania Republicans are threatening a federal lawsuit and said Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf didn't offer solutions when he rejected their proposal to replace the GOP-drawn of map of the state's congressional districts struck down in a gerrymandering case.

"You have had an expert engaged for over a month. You did a listening tour," state House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Joe Scarnati said in a joint response to the governor. "It's time that you produced a map for the public to review in a transparent fashion. Produce your map and we will put it up for a vote."

The state Senate's Republican majority leader, Jake Corman, also warned Tuesday that the state Supreme Court will create a constitutional crisis if it imposes new boundaries.

Corman said the U.S. Constitution gives lawmakers the power to draw congressional boundaries, but Corman said there's no time under the court's deadlines for Pennsylvania's Legislature to pass a new map.

Wolf rejected Friday's GOP proposal, saying it still contains unconstitutionally partisan tactics.

"You state that cities like Reading and Erie are improperly connected to rural areas," Turzai and Scarnati said in responding to Wolf. "Where are you going to connect Erie city but to rural areas? There are no voters living in Lake Erie and we are not able to go into Ohio, New York or Toronto with this exercise. The Pennsylvania counties surrounding Erie and Reading are rural."

The governor's office said he's willing to work with lawmakers to submit a consensus map by Monday's deadline set by the high court to impose new boundaries for Pennsylvania's 18 districts.

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