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‘Brewster Details Redistricting Reform Plan

Harrisburg – June 19, 2014 – Pledging to squeeze politics out of the reapportionment process, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny and Westmoreland counties) unveiled legislation that would reform how state legislative districts are drawn.

“Given my recent experience with the process, I am convinced that significant changes are needed,” Brewster said. “There clearly was too much political manipulation and too little concern for fair and equitable districts.”

Brewster’s 45th Senatorial District was eliminated in the first redistricting plan approved by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. That plan was later rejected by the state Supreme Court. A subsequent map, produced by the commission and approved by the court, retained the Mon Valley-based seat.  Continue reading →

Brewster Praises Veterans Housing Preference Legislation: Plan Unanimously Approved by Senate Committee

Harrisburg – June 18, 2014 – Legislation designed to bolster the ability of veterans to access public housing has cleared the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee, state Sen. Jim Brewster (D-McKeesport) said today.

“Giving veterans preference during the housing selection process is meaningful and appropriate,” Brewster said. “These individuals and their families have made sacrifices defending our nation and they should be given preferential treatment.

“I am a co-sponsor of this measure and I was pleased that the legislation was unanimously approved by the committee.” Continue reading →

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