Redistricting commission may hold fewer meetings
The governor's redistricting commission is considering a truncated public hearing schedule this year, with eight or nine meetings around the state instead of the traditional 12.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller suggested the change during the group's first meeting in Annapolis this afternoon. He's one of five members of the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee, which will travel around the state to seek input from Marylanders about how congressional and legislative maps should be re-drawn.
Miller said the hearing process should have "as much openness as possible" but added that time constraints make a 12 meeting schedule difficult. House Speaker Michael E. Busch agreed. The commission was just named Monday. Members said they want to make recommendations on the congressional map by September, giving them about two months to hold their meetings.
The 2010 census figures showed that Maryland's population grew by 9 percent -- so the state will not lose a member of congress like other northeastern states.
But the numbers shifted considerably during the past 10 years. Population surged in the Washington suburbs and dropped in Baltimore City, which could lose a senator in the rejiggering.