Politics

Redistricting talks not going well

No headway in redrawing maps

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The chairman of the five-member commission that's redrawing legislative district maps in Pennsylvania says talks have been ``far from productive,'' so a voting meeting next week isn't realistic.

Legislative Reapportionment Commission Chairman Stephen McEwen responded Thursday to a request from the House Republican leader to hold a vote next week.

A letter from McEwen says he hopes discussions will become ``more productive'' and they can vote the week of March 19.

Majority Leader Mike Turzai of Allegheny County had suggested voting on Wednesday.

The state Supreme Court threw out the commission's first set of maps in January. The court said they didn't meet constitutional standards for minimizing municipal splits and having compact boundaries.


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