ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to change Maryland’s congressional map was introduced Thursday in the Senate.
The bill arrived at the General Assembly after the conclusion of Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) Emergency Commission on 6th District Gerrymandering and oral arguments in defense of Maryland’s current congressional map were heard Tuesday at the Supreme Court.
Senate Minority Leader J.B. Jennings (Baltimore and Harford) submitted the late bill to the chamber before it adjourned with just 11 more calendar days left until the end of session.
The bill was not immediately available for review on Thursday. Jennings said it will address the recommendations of the emergency commission to reshape the 6th and 8th congressional districts.
The emergency commission approved a map earlier this month, which would return western Maryland and all of Frederick County to the 6th District along with southern Carroll County and northwestern Montgomery County.
A federal court ordered Maryland to redraw its 6th District, following a lawsuit that alleged the Legislature had used partisan gerrymandering to dilute Republican votes in the 6th District during a comprehensive redistricting of the state’s congressional boundaries in 2011.
The bill was assigned to the Senate Rules Committee.