Court Upholds State Legislative Redistricting Maps

Baltimore County State Sens. Jim Brochin and Delores Kelley and two other lawsuits challenged that the maps were not legally drawn.

The state's highest court has upheld state legislative redistricting maps drawn earlier this year.

The one-page ruling does state that the court "determined that the Governor’s plan is consistent with the requirements of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Maryland."

Details behind the courts decision will be provided at a later date, according to the court ruling.

Sens. Jim Brochin and Delores Kelley were involved in one of three suits against the redistricting plan on which the court heard arguments on Wednesday.

The Democrats claim the new districts violate the Maryland Constitution and a 2002 Court of Appeals ruling that governs redistricting. The suit alleges that Gov. Martin O'Malley and the General Assembly drew maps that contradict a 2002 Court of Appeals order that legislative districts be mindful of crossing jurisdictional lines.

The map combines nearly two dozen Baltimore County precincts into a new district that includes some Baltimore City precincts. The result is a new district that stretches the 44th Legislative District in Baltimore City into a portion of western Baltimore County currently represented primarily by Kelley.

Brochin and Kelley's lawsuit further alleges that the maps violate constitutional requirements that the legislative districts be compact.

Brochin's new district stretches from the Baltimore City-County line to Northern Baltimore County. The changes to Kelley's district pushed other county legislative districts in Baltimore County—such as the 42nd— north.

Finally, the suit alleges that the city, with a population of 620,961, should have just five districts all fully within its borders—a loss of one from its current configuration which was drawn by the Court of Appeals in 2002.

Baltimore County, with a population of 805,029, should have at least six full legislative districts fully within its borders. Currently, the county is represented by eight legislative districts. Three of those—the 5th, 7th and 12th—are shared with Carroll, Harford and Howard counties, respectively.

The lawsuit claims the plan "fails to recognize the growing population imbalance between Baltimore City and Baltimore County."

Walter M Ambrose November 09, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Does this surprise anyone, in this backwards state the Dumbacratic party runs everything including the stooges on the courts.
FIFA November 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Oh gosh, dumb judges. Who ruled corporations are people too? SCOTUS.
Tim November 10, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Yep, so dumb that our state is the most wealthy, and second best educated in the country
Tim November 10, 2012 at 03:54 AM
and this. Even rural states like Montana know better.
AllStar November 10, 2012 at 05:22 AM
The redistricting is such a joke. Even though the vast majority of counties voted Republican, we only have 1 republican representative in the whole state! People in rural Baltimore county are now represented by Elijah Cummings. The western counties are now represented by a Democrat. It is utterly amazing how corrupt this one-party state is.
Tim November 10, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Counties is not equal to population, though. A subtle difference you need to keep in mind when allocating representatives. I do agree with you that the new districts are a joke. I voted against them Tuesday. However, don't be so amazed, this corruption applies for Republicans in rural states, too.
Born to be Free November 10, 2012 at 09:11 AM
I hope they redistrict Kathy Szeliga's district. That woman talked to me over the phone with a lot of disrespect and with an unprofessional tone.
Cole Barney November 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM
Well, judging by your posts, you are a hopeless liberal. Enjoy your taxes and high gas prices.
moe green November 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM
parts of north county now have elijah cummings as their representative. this yo'bama waterboy thinks that four corners is the intersection of walk and don't walk in east balto. his fat, pompous backside has never been north of the beltway on dulaney valley road.
trains r uss November 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
FIFA November 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Can always count on moe for a little of the dog whistle.
Steve November 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM
His biggest financial supporters live in Four Corners.
1ke November 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Any more insights?
1ke November 10, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Moe is less.
Born to be Free November 10, 2012 at 09:16 PM
i don't consider myself a liberal. I am against gun control, I object to teacher unions, and I favor the death penalty.
Christopher Kidwell November 11, 2012 at 06:59 AM
What? With all due respect, AllStar, where are you getting that bunkus from.


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