ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland panel voted Friday to recommend a new map of legislative districts for state lawmakers.

The Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee voted 4-2 along party lines. Four Democrats supported the map, and two Republicans opposed it.

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The map for the boundaries of the 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly will be submitted to the legislature next week, when lawmakers convene for their annual 90-day session.

Lawmakers will have 45 days to approve a new map after they convene Wednesday.

Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat on the panel, said the map keeps an overwhelming majority of state residents in their existing districts and adjusts for population changes in the state.

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Republican Sen. Bryan Simonaire voted against the map, saying the panel missed an opportunity to address gerrymandering.

A separate state commission supported by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a different proposal that the governor says takes politicians out of the process of drawing their own boundaries, but Democrats hold a supermajority in both chambers of the legislature and control the redistricting process in Maryland.

Lawmakers approved a new congressional map in a special session last month, but opponents are challenging it in court.

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