ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today welcomed back the Maryland General Assembly for their 90-day session and submitted fair legislative maps authored by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission.
“These fair maps call for districts that are geographically compact, that do not take into account how citizens are registered to vote, how they voted in the past, or what political party—if any—they happen to belong to,” said Governor Hogan. “They also do not take into account in any way where any incumbent or candidate for office happens to reside. I urge the General Assembly to adopt these fair maps immediately.”
The governor has been calling for nonpartisan redistricting reform throughout his time in office. Earlier today, in a letter to the governor, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lent his support to the governor’s efforts. Last month, the governor vetoed the General Assembly’s antidemocratic, gerrymandered congressional maps.
The nine-person commission was established in Jan. 2021 by executive order and charged with drawing fair legislative and congressional maps for the 2022 elections. The maps submitted from the commission do not take into account the residency of any incumbents or candidates for office.
Commission members, which included three Republicans, three Democrats, and three Independents, were selected to be independent of legislative influence, impartial, and representative of the state’s diversity and geographical, racial, and gender makeup.
In addition to nonpartisan redistricting, the governor’s legislative agenda calls for measures to address violent crime, deliver tax relief for retirees, small businesses, hardworking Maryland families, and continue the state’s COVID-19 response.