Republicans offer only one amendment in a debate some expected would last until late Monday night.
UPDATED (7:23 p.m.)—A bill redrawing eight congressional districts in Maryland moved one step closer to final passage in the Senate with a 33-13 vote Monday night. The vote, taken nearly an hour after a specially appointed 15-member Senate committee voted late Monday afternoon to approve Gov. Martin O'Malley's plan, was anticlimactic. Republicans offered just one amendment to the bill in a debate that lasted minutes rather than hours. Sen. E.J. Pipkin's amendment would have stripped out O'Malley's plan in favor of Pipkin's, which added a third majority minority district and kept intact the two Republican districts. In the end, the Senate voted 13-33 to kill the amendment. Sen. Jim Brochin, of Towson, was the lone Democrat joining …
The Broadneck peninsula, along some areas around Severna Park, may be moved out of the 1st District into the 4th District that is mostly in Prince George's County.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Maryland redistricts every 10 years, using U.S. Census population data to redraw electoral districts and boundary lines based on changes in population, and the growth in Anne Arundel County calls for some changes. A redrawn congressional map released Tuesday reveals the county will be split among four districts and moves the Broadneck peninsula out of the 1st District into the 4th District. The proposed redistricting plan for the 4th District connects the communities of central and upper Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. Currently, the 4th District is represented by U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards—a Democrat. The 1st District consists of nine Eastern Shore counties and is represented by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris—a Republican. The thought …