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State Postpones Redistricting Hearings

Hurricane Irene to delay hearings on congressional, state legislative districts

The state's redistricting hearings scheduled for Saturday have been postponed as a result of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene.

Andrew Ratner, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Planning, said an 11 a.m. meeting at Harford Community College and a 2 p.m. hearing at Towson University will be rescheduled for a later date.

The five-member Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee is charged with recommending plans to redraw the state's eight congressional districts and 47 state legislative districts.

The meetings at Harford Community College and Towson University are part of a series of 12 such hearings statewide.

Other meetings include:

  • Tuesday, August 30, 4 p.m., Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel Community College Center for Applied Learning & Technology, 101 College Parkway.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 7 p.m., Howard County, Howard County Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road.
  • Saturday, September 10, 12:30 p.m., Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, Wicomico County.
  • Saturday, September 10, 4 p.m., Chesapeake College Todd Performing Arts Center, Routes 50 and 213, Wye Mills, Talbot County.

The committee is expected to make recommendations on redrawing the state's congressional districts late this fall. The General Assembly will hold a special session the week of Oct. 17 to finalize those districts in time for the 2012 elections.

The plan for redrawing the 47 state legislative districts is expected to be delivered to the General Assembly for the 2012 session.

Additional information about the redistricting process can be found on the state Department of Planning's redistricting website.

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