HARRISBURG, Pa. - Republican leaders of the Pennsylvania Legislature said they've agreed to a proposed new map of congressional districts to replace one thrown out last month, and it's now in the hands of Gov. Tom Wolf.
House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati said in a statement Friday that their map "complies fully" with directions from the state Supreme Court.
The court declared the 2011 Republican-crafted map unconstitutional and directed the General Assembly to propose a new one and send it to Wolf.
Wolf's office issued a statement Friday night saying, "While the court's order did not appear to allow for two individuals to draw a map on behalf of the entire General Assembly, Governor Wolf will review Speaker Turzai and President Scarnati's submission in consultation with the experts retained by the administration to determine his next course of action."
"If the governor signs on to it, then Scarnati and Turzai will take it back to the general assembly for approval next week," explained Terry Madonna, a political analyst. "We don't know if Gov. Wolf will agree to it. Even if he does, we don't know if the Legislature will agree to it."
Wolf has until Thursday to tell the court if he supports it.
"It's up to the Supreme Court to show whether that map meets the constitutional requirements that the Supreme Court has laid down," said Madonna.
Democrats hope a new map will help them flip enough seats in Congress to retake the majority.
Compare the current map and proposed map by opening the files listed below.
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