Senate advances legislative redistricting map spelling end of line for Hogan-backed map

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The Maryland Senate approved in a party vote on Thursday a plan that brings changes to their own districts, but not before a heated debate over voting rights unfolded.

Senator Nancy King, a Democrat from Montgomery County who chairs the Reappropriation and Redistricting Committee, expressed her faith in the map.

“It demonstrates a commitment to federal voting rights law,” she said. “It provides continuity of representation by keeping the majority of Marylanders in their current districts. And it maintains a maximum district population deviation of no more than 4%, King said.

But some Republicans, like Sen. Edward Reilly of Anne Arundel County, said the card disenfranchised independent voters.

“Forty to 43 of these districts, Rs and Ds will be decided by primary election. When you look at how many people have spoken in your primary election. It’s the people,” Reilly said.

A different map proposed by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission, a bipartisan committee convened by Governor Larry Hogan, was rejected by the Senate earlier this week. Republicans in the Senate attempted to reintroduce the card through an amendment on Wednesday, but their efforts were thwarted.

The bill is now heading to the House of Delegates, where it will likely be considered next week.

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