Md. redistricting panel submits recommendations

A panel appointed by Governor Larry Hogan to look at the congressional and state redistricting process has made their recommendation.

The redistricting reform panel says an independent commission should be drawing district maps. It would consist of nine members including three republicans, three democrats and three who are not associated with either party.

The recommendation comes after five public forums, including one in Easton in early October. That’s when District 37-B delegate Johnny Mautz told us he was in full support of a non-partisan panel.

“The goal is integrity. You hear fairness batted around but the standard on fairness, is what’s fair for one person isn’t fair for another person. We want to make sure everyone has equal representation.” Said Mautz.

Some local leaders are hesitant about these recommendations. According to District 37-A delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, a non-partisan commission does appear to be helpful on the surface but believes reforms should be made nationally.

“The goal is integrity. You hear fairness batted around but the standard on fairness, is what’s fair for one person isn’t fair for another person. We want to make sure everyone has equal representation.” Said Sample-Hughes.

An official from Governor Hogan’s office says, there is no word on where the recommendations stand.
     

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