Some local legislators are satisfied with a revised version of redrawn Pennsylvania Senate district boundaries, saying the new map addresses gerrymandering concerns over Sen. Jeffrey Piccola's C-shaped 15th District with tentacles in five counties.
The Senate plan released by Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi makes the district more compact, falling primarily in Dauphin and York counties, though it also includes parts of Adams and Lancaster. Like the earlier proposal, it would move heavily Democratic Harrisburg into fellow GOP Sen. Mike Folmer's district.
The original C-shape would have taken a finger of land currently represented by Republican Sen. Pat Vance, who covers York and Cumberland counties.
Vance said the revision is a huge improvement, and she's relieved for voters that it no longer snakes over to her territory in Cumberland.
"To break it up and have a thin strip ... makes no sense," she said. "Overall, I think people should be more happy with (the revision)."
Sen. Mike Waugh, R-Shrewsbury, said his maproom discussions have been focused on consolidating York County as much as possible and the new proposal is the "best that we could do."
"Every time you move something on this map, it pushes someone else around in their district," he said.
The new plan narrows senators from five to four and gives "more sense" to Piccola's district, Waugh said. Because more of the district is based in York County, there's a better chance of electing a York-County based senator to the seat, he said.
The newest proposal takes a piece of eastern York County out of the 13th District, currently held by state Sen. Lloyd Schmucker, R-Lancaster County, consolidating York County into four Senate districts.
Piccola, who would likely have benefited from either proposal, said last month he does not plan to seek re-election next year.
The special panel in charge of the decennial redistricting process is scheduled to vote Monday on a final plan encompassing both chambers.
In the House: House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, and Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny, were said to be working on a possible compromise map.
Rep. Ron Miller, R-Jacobus, said he doesn't think any of the discussions are relevant to York County, which has largely eschewed redistricting controversy on the House side of the debate.
"Most of the drama has been in the Senate," he said.
This is the fifth time the state has used a commission to handle redistricting since 1970. The current panel comprises the floor leaders from both chambers and a state judge who serves as chairman.
The latest Senate GOP plan tweaks numerous districts to make them more compact, more contiguous and roughly equal in population, as the constitution requires.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Christina Kauffman at 505-5436, firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow her on Twitter at @YDYorkCounty.