What to look for on Smart Talk, Monday, July 15, 2019:
Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the Commonwealth’s legislative district map as a violation of the State Constitution and imposed its own as a substitute. But with the 2020 census on the horizon, the process of drawing new congressional districts will soon begin anew.
Under current law, the Pennsylvania state legislature is responsible for developing and approving the map, but a proposal circulating at the Capitol calls for a different approach, establishing an independent commission to draw new lines. Similar proposals have languished in recent years, though a similar proposal passed the State Senate last session.
What is the current status of gerrymandering in Pennsylvania? What will the process to draw the lines look like after the upcoming census?
PA Post reporter Emily Previti recently examined this topic, and she joins Smart Talk to share her analysis.
Also, earthquakes have rekindled a place in the public consciousness after a pair of tremors – magnitude 6.4 and 7.1 — struck California last week. The quakes have sparked conversation about the preparedness of American infrastructure to withstand future events and what people should do to make sure their families are prepared.
Map of aftershocks from California’s earthquakes (Map courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)