Goodbye special session
The House will also go in session Thursday -- only to officially adjourn. House GOP leaders expressed irritation that they'll have to come back for a procedural motion and rumors were flying in the state house Wednesday evening that they may try to register their protest in some way. At this point there is nothing they can do in the House to prevent the bill from moving forward.
Both Houses are expected to be done by noon, though the traditional confetti drop marking the end of regular session is unlikely. Gov. Martin O'Malley could very well sign the bill today.
The map is likely to face a court challenge -- and if that fails congressional redistricting won't be revisited until 2021.