Senator Hughes took to the Senate floor to address an amendment to Senate Bill 22, which was designed to address redistricting reform, but was hijacked to set up a system that would elect Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth court judges by districts rather than state wide.
This is unfair to the people of Pennsylvania who deserve an equitable system, as well as those who fought to make the process fair.
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“We were going to have this grand, glorious conversation about redistricting reform,” said State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia). “But the real move was to stick this piece in here because they’re not happy with the Supreme Court’s decision around congressional redistricting.”
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“What started out as relatively pure process was hijacked 72 hours ago with a new concept that hasn’t been publicly discussion for almost seven years,” Hughes said. “That’s what this is about.”
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“What we have now is a hijacked concept … that utilized the energy and the commitment of individuals to try to make a difference,” State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D., Philadelphia) said on the Senate floor.
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