GOVERNOR'S REDISTRICTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair (chosen by Governor): John T. Willis, Secretary of State

Appointed by Governor: Louise L. Gulyas; Isiah Leggett; Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr.; Casper R. Taylor, Jr.

Contacts:

Karl S. Aro
c/o Dept. of Legislative Services
Legislative Services Building, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 946-5200
e-mail: redistricting@mlis.state.md.us

Nasrin Rahman
c/o Dept. of Planning
301 West Preston St., Baltimore, MD 21201 - 2365
(410) 767-4450
e-mail: nrahman@mdp.state.md.us
web: www.mdp.state.md.us/redistrict

The Governor authorized the Governor's Redistricting Advisory Committee by letter of May 31, 2001. The Committee drafted redistricting plans for the State's forty-seven legislative election districts, and eight congressional election districts. To do so, it drew on information and analysis offered at public hearings, from public comment, and following review of the federal census returns.

The Committee submitted its recommendations to the Governor in December 2001.

Using the Committee's recommendations, the Governor prepared the legislative redistricting plan required to be introduced the first day of the 2002 legislative session. It became law on February 23, 2002 (Joint Resolution nos. 1 and 2, Acts of 2002). The Court of Appeals, however, declared that plan unconstitutional on June 11, 2002, and issued its own legislative redistricting plan on June 21, 2002.

A congressional redistricting plan also was prepared and submitted to the General Assembly by the Governor (Chapter 340, Acts of 2002).

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