The Department of State is going with the new redistricting maps, though there could be some legal proceedings, Murren said.
The justices were advised by Nathan Persily, a Stanford law professor with a background in drawing political district maps.
But he didn't question the court's right to rule the old map unconstitutional.
The state senator supports legislation that would give an independent commission the power to devise legislative boundaries after the next census in 2020. Each new state Supreme Court election in Pennsylvania will come with the implicit (if not explicit) promise of shifting the congressional district lines to favor the winning party.
"State judges can't usurp the legislature's authority over redistricting willy-nilly". "The Republican leaders of both the House and Senate, and the governor standing here with you to lay out this process, which I think would have given confidence to the people of Pennsylvania that this was being done in a fair way". He says it was too close to election time for this to happen.
House Speaker Mike Turzai noted, when two similar cases were brought to federal courts, the courts held that Pennsylvania's congressional maps were constitutional.
Reilly said there is a nominating meeting scheduled for tonight, but he was not sure Monday if that would go forward or be stayed to see whether the map will be challenged in federal court.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released a new congressional district map on Monday.
Gone is the "goofy and Donald" seventh district, which now covers Lehigh and Northampton.
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In their decision, the court's Democratic justices argued they can invalidate congressional maps under Article I, Section 5 of the state constitution.
The new district includes the counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron, Venango, Forest, Warren, Jefferson, Indiana and Armstrong, and parts of Cambria, Butler and Centre counties. That has sowed confusion, including whether two candidates running to fill a vacancy in southwestern Pennsylvania would each land in a district with a Pittsburgh-area congressman.
"Republicans plan to ask federal courts to enjoin the map, as they should".
Calling the court's move to throw out and ultimately redraw the state's congressional district map a "power grab", Toomey said it was "inevitable" that the issue will be discussed in Harrisburg.
Experts have said a Republican challenge to the map is unlikely to succeed.
If the SCOTUS doesn't block the new Pennsylvania map, the state Supreme Court will have set a unsafe new precedent by scrapping and redrawing congressional districts in the middle of what's supposed to be a 10-year cycle for redistricting.
Friedenberg confirmed that news with The Era on Tuesday, saying he could now be facing U.S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming County, in the newly drawn 12th District, which stretches from State College down to around Lewistown and up by Sayre.
And picking up five seats in Pennsylvania would be a substantial gain for Democrats as they seek the 24 seats they need nationally to retake control of the U.S. House. That depends on the environment for incumbents and the overall trends for Democrats or Republicans.