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Wolf Establishes Panel To Examine Redistricting Approaches

Gov. Tom Wolf signing an executive order creating a fair redistricting commission on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018.

Pennsylvania's Democratic governor is setting up a commission to look for ways to improve the state's redistricting process.

Gov. Tom Wolf signed an order Thursday to create the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission, naming as chairman David Thornburgh, who also heads the good-government watchdog Committee of Seventy.

Wolf's order says the commission will look into what other states have done, gather public comment and recommend ways to make the process fairer.

Republican legislative leaders say Wolf's commission ignores rural areas and are accusing the governor of grandstanding about redistricting.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out the state's Republican-drawn congressional map, replacing it in February with district lines that in this month's election produced an evenly divided congressional delegation.

Pennsylvania will redraw congressional and state legislative district boundaries following the 2020 census.