Redistricting hearing set

The Governor’s Red­istrict­ing Reform Com­mission is holding a hearing to take public comment from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Devorris Down­town Center.

It’s the fifth of eight scheduled hearings for the advisory body, which was created by the governor in November and “charged with studying best practices in nonpartisan redistricting and engaging Pennsylvanians in discussion around nonpartisan redistricting processes,” then making process-reform recommendations — not actual map proposals — to the governor and General Assembly this fall for Congressional and state legislative maps, according to a hearing over­view.

People interested in making recommendations to the commission should sign up for one of four small-group panels that will operate at the hearing.

Each will operate for 35 minutes — two during the first half of the program and two during the second half.

The commission has already held hearings in Williamsport, Erie, Pitts­burgh and Reading.

The 13-member commission’s chairman is David Thornburgh, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy, a 115-year-old, Phila­delphia-based good-government organization.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and House Mi­nor­i­ty Leader Frank Dermody are also commission members.

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