Senate Republican Leaders Outraged by State Supreme Court Ruling

(HARRISBURG) – Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) today issued the following statement, expressing outrage with the PA Supreme Court’s ruling calling the Congressional District Maps unconstitutional.

“Today’s ruling by the State Supreme Court is a partisan action showing a distinct lack of respect for the Constitution and the legislative process.  The PA Supreme Court has overstepped its legal authority and set up an impossible deadline that will only introduce chaos in the upcoming Congressional election.  

“The Court had this case since November 9, 2017 – giving it over 10 weeks to reach this decision.  Yet, it has elected to give the legislature 19 days to redraw and adopt the Congressional Districts.  With matters the Supreme Court found unconstitutional in the past, it afforded the General Assembly four months to make corrections.

“It is clear that with this ruling the Court is attempting to bypass the Constitution and the legislative process and legislate themselves, directly from the bench.  We will be filing an application with the United States Supreme Court this week to request a stay.” 

 

CONTACT: Drew Crompton – (717) 787-7084