Alternate Md. Redistricting Bills Will Get Hearing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Legislation containing Maryland redistricting plans that are different from Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal will get full hearings in a special session next week.

Alexandra Hughes, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Michael Busch, said Friday that all proposals will get a hearing scheduled for Monday, when lawmakers convene for the redistricting session.

Lawmakers had initially only considered taking up amendments to the plan. O’Malley, a Democrat, will be presenting to the General Assembly.

Republican Sen. Nancy Jacobs, the Senate minority leader, called for all proposals in separate legislation to receive hearings.

Aides to Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said he a favored the request.

O’Malley is still reviewing a draft plan submitted last week by a redistricting advisory committee he appointed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Jard B

    The congressional districts in Maryland are a joke, a farce, and criminal. They are drawn specifically to take away votes from citizens, and ensure the one-party system has total control in this state for another generation. Democracy is dead in MD. If you live in Parkville, or timonium, or Ellicott City, just try guessing what district you are in, because your neighborhood has been carved up like so much Christmas turkey and fed to the politicians.

    • RT

      i agree. The dems just seem to pass almost any law they want and thinks rising taxes are a solution to everything, not to mention speed scameras. Some laws are just so upside down, i just dont get it. For example almost none of us can carry a gun outside of our homes for protection legally. Not to mention if your house is being robbed, you have to flee if you can, you can only shoot at the criminal if you have no way out of the house and are in danger. what a joke.

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