Two former York County state Senate hopefuls haven't moved into new homes, but they could once again be living in the district they once hoped to represent in the state Legislature.
The Pennsylvania Legislative Reapportionment Commission approved revised House and Senate district maps Thursday.
Like the maps previously approved then rejected by the state Supreme Court, they move the 15th Senate District more into York County.
Republicans Don O'Shell and Steve Johnson, both of whom live in Springettsbury Township, announced plans to run for the seat when it looked like the new maps would be used in this year's election.
If approved, the revised maps wouldn't take effect until 2014, meaning O'Shell and Johnson wouldn't be able to run for the seat, which carries a four-year term, until 2016.
For this year's election, they still live in the 13th District, where Republican incumbent Lloyd Smucker is seeking re-election.
"I'll be voting for Lloyd Smucker, but he won't be my senator," O'Shell said.
Under the revised maps, the 15th District would include parts of York and Dauphin counties.
Court ruling: The reapportionment commission resumed its work on revised maps for the 50 Senate and 203 House seats after a 4-3 state Supreme Court decision that threw out its first plan more than two months ago. The court majority said it split too many municipalities and noted that Senate districts were shaped like a wishbone, a crooked finger and an iron cross.
The state constitution requires that the districts be "of compact and contiguous territory as nearly equal in population as practicable," and that only "absolutely necessary" divisions should be made to counties, cities, towns, boroughs, townships or wards.
The new maps are required under the state constitution in order to account for population shifts that have occurred over the past decade.
House districts: Included in the revised maps is the addition of the 169th House District in York County. The revised maps must be voted on within 30 days.
With the 169th moved back into York County and the maps "done to the letter of the law as we know it to be," the county should have the number of seats it deserves based on its population, said Bob Wilson, chairman of the York County Republican Party.
"I'm happy we're going to have proper representation in Harrisburg," Wilson said.
He said a special election would probably have to be held for the 169th.
Some specifics on the maps still have to be hashed out.
"We're not sure when the physical move will be made," Wilson said. "So, this is still the beginning of the end" of a chaotic election year.
In the meantime, the maps will go out for public comment, including at a meeting in Harrisburg on May 2.
Bob Kefauver, chairman of the York County Democratic Party, said he hopes the reapportionment commission takes public comment into consideration.
"We'll be calling on the reapportionment commission to hold public hearings" and for commission members to listen to the people, he said.
Of the district lines Kefauver examined, the 94th House District, represented by Rep. Stan Saylor, R-Windsor Township, raised some concerns for him.
The new district would now include parts of Springettsbury Township and go as far south as the Maryland line. Splitting a municipality was one of the reasons why the court tossed out the old maps, Kefauver said.
"It looks like we're still splitting Springettsbury Township," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report. Reach Greg Gross at 505-5434, ggross@yorkdis patch.com.