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Md. Senate passes controversial redistricting reform bill

March 24th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

A bill backed by Democrats that could change the way Maryland draws its boundaries for congressional districts passed through the state Senate Thursday, with many Republicans saying it is hollow legislation that is unlikely to lead to any meaningful reform. WTOP reports the 30 to 16 vote came one day after the Senate gave the measure initial approval. It now moves to the House of Delegates. The redistricting reform bill creates a pact between Maryland and five other mid-Atlantic states including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. If all six states pass similar legislation, each state would have a nonpartisan independent commission draw congressional lines.

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