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Redistricting Commission Proposes That Independent Panel Draw Maps

March 24th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

A state commission charged with reviewing how Maryland draws its congressional and legislative districts is recommending that politicians cede their power to an independent panel. It was last November the Maryland Redistricting Reform Commission proposed that an independent panel draw the maps — and it would be prohibited from looking at party registration data or voting history while doing its work. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan created the commission in August to examine how Maryland could better redraw its congressional and General Assembly district maps after the next U.S. Census. Any changes to the current process would require approval from the General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats wary of Hogan's recommendations- and not surprisingly the democrat controlled house and senate have shown no willingness to even consider any changes. Hogan said the "overwhelming majority" of state residents want nonpartisan redistricting…


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