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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds New Congressional Map

June 26th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday upheld Maryland's new Congressional map, clearing up one last legal question and affirming that the state's prison population can be counted at their last known address. Previously prisoners were counted at their correctional institutions; a practice that critics said unfairly increased the population of prison towns. It was the first such law to pass in the country. Opponents of the state's new boundaries for its eight congressional districts are trying to get a referendum before voters this November to force the Maryland General Assembly to draw new boundaries- however that effort is having far less success than earlier petition drives. With a week to go before the deadline to submit signatures, opponents have less than half the number of valid signatures they need to get the issue on the ballot. Washington County Delegate Neil Parrott- who has successfully spearheaded petition drives to put the DREAM Act, and Maryland's same sex marriage law on the ballot- acknowledged that the legislative redistricting question is not generating nearly as much enthusiasm for a referendum vote…

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