Reapportionment plan, at a glance...
Key points of the state Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to uphold a revised plan to redraw the boundaries of Pennsylvania’s legislative districts that will take effect for Pennsylvania’s 203 House districts and 50 Senate districts beginning with the 2014 elections.
• Political considerations are not forbidden in drawing legislative maps. They “can operate at will” as long as they don’t impede on constitutional guidelines of population equality, contiguity, compactness and respect for local government boundaries.
• It is impossible to say definitively how much population deviation between legislative districts is acceptable, or how many splits of local governments would be absolutely necessary.
• Keeping a community with a shared identity together in a legislative district can be more important than drawing legislative district boundaries to avoid a split in a county or municipality.
Source: Supreme Court decision