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Governor Corbett signs Congressional redistricting plan into law

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Dec 23, 2011 3:10 AM

(Lancaster) -- A new law is slated to change the look of the state's Congressional map. Governor Corbett has signed off on a plan that will create new U.S. House districts for the state's 19 Congressional seats. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster County, says the map, drafted by Republican lawmakers, was created to protect the current Republican majority in the state's Congressional representation. But, he says, critics who say the new map gives way to gerrymandering shouldn't be so quick to call out GOP lawmakers. "Though the Republicans were in control of the process, meaning that they have both majorities in the state House and state Senate, and the governorship, Democrats would've probably done the same thing, had they been in a similar position," he says. Currently, Republicans hold 12 of the commonwealth's Congressional seats. But the state will lose a seat after the 2012 elections due to a shift in population in the last 10 years.

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