State House Sound Bites

Capitol reporter Katie Meyer covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.

The State House Sound Bites Podcast is now called State of the State and is a part of PA Post, a digital-first, citizen-focused news organization to hold Pennsylvania’s government accountable to its citizens.

Episode 40: Unconstitutional maps, uncertain future

Written by Katie Meyer | Jan 26, 2018 5:20 PM

Today's podcast was recorded live as an episode of Smart Talk, WITF's morning show. That means it's twice as long, and features listener calls and emails.

It features Keystone Crossroads' Emily Previti and Marc Levy of the Associated Press, who help us break down the biggest issue in Pennsylvania (and one of the biggest issues in the country) this week: the PA Supreme Court's decision to rule the commonwealth's congressional maps unconstitutional.

The ruling stunned many lawmakers, who now have just a few weeks to draw and pass totally new maps. A number of them have said they don't think they'll make the February 9th deadline, in which case the court says it will choose a new map.

A group of republicans has already filed with the US Supreme Court for a stay on the decision. And meanwhile, the state court still hasn't provided its full opinion, explaining why exactly the maps aren't constitutional. 

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