O'Malley signs redistricting plan
Gov. Martin O'Malley on Wednesday put his signature on a new political map that redraws Maryland's eight congressional districts and could add a seventh Democrat to the state's delegation in the House of Representatives.
Unless altered in a court, the map will be govern Maryland's elections to Congress for the next 10 years, starting with the April 3 primary.
The governor gave brief remarks thanking key State House staff for their help with the map. He characterized the process of holding a dozen public hearings before developing the map as "fair" but acknowledged that his plan was controversial in some corners.
"There is no such thing as a perfect map or a map that pleases everyone," O'Malley said.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller kept his remarks even shorter, simply saying: "It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood."
The governor gave the pen used to sign the bill into law to Jeanne Hitchcock, a longtime aide who chaired the Governors Redistricting Advisory Committee.