ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A Maryland council voted Friday to propose a new map of legislative districts for state legislators.
The Legislative Redistricting Advisory Committee voted 4-2 along party lines. Four Democrats support the map and two Republicans oppose it.
The boundary map of the 188 seats in the Maryland General Assembly will be presented 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 on Wednesday.
Senate President Bill Ferguson, a Baltimore Democrat on the panel, said the map kept most of the state’s residents in their existing counties and adjusted for population changes in the state.
Republican Senator Bryan Simonaire voted against the map, saying the panel missed an opportunity to address the gerrymandering issue.
A separate state committee backed by Republican Governor Larry Hogan has another proposal that the governor says takes politicians out of their own boundary-drawing process, but Democrats hold the reins. holds a majority in both chambers of the legislature and controls 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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