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1. Constitutional Citations

 
a) Congressional Redistricting:
None
b) Legislative Redistricting:
Article III, §§ 2-5

2. Statutory or Other Citations 

 
a) Description of Current Congressional Districts:
Md. Code Ann., Election Law, §§ 8-701 to 8-711
b) Description of Current Legislative Districts:
Md. Code Ann., State Government, §§ 2-201 to 2-202
c) Districting Principles or Procedure:
Constitution, Article III, §§ 4-5

3. Congressional Districts

 
a) Present Number:
8
b) Prospective Number after 2010 Census:
8

4. State Legislative Districts

 
a) Senate
 
Number of Districts:
47
Number of Multimember Districts:
0
Largest Number of Seats in a District:
1
b) House
 
Number of Districts:
65
Number of Multimember Districts:
44
Largest Number of Seats in a District:
3
c) House Districts Nested within Senate Districts?
Yes

5. Redistricting Requirements

 
a) Initial Responsibility for Drawing Congressional Districts
Constitution and statutes are silent.
b) Initial Responsibility for Drawing Legislative Districts:
Governor
c) Legislative Committee Responsible for Redistricting:
Senate: Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs
House: Committee on Health and Government Matters
d) Use Apportionment Board or Commission?
Yes, advisory.
e) Gubernatorial Veto Power over Congressional Plan?
Yes
f) Gubernatorial Veto Power over Legislative Plan?
No

6. Redistricting Deadlines

 
a) Congressional Deadline:
None
Basis for Deadline:
N/A
Effect of Failure to Meet Deadline:
N/A
b) Legislative Deadline:
Governor submits plan to legislature on first day of regular session in second year following census. Legislature has 45 days to amend and adopt plan or adopt one of their own.
Basis for Deadline:
Constitution
Effect of Failure to Meet Deadline:
Plan, as introduced by governor, goes into effect.

7. Voting Rights Act Information for the 2000s

 
Preclearance Required?
No
Justice Department Objection to Plans?
N/A

8. State Contacts

Michelle Davis
Senior Policy Analyst
Dept. of Legislative Services
90 State Circle Room 311
Annapolis, MD 21401
410/946-5510
410/841-3764 Fax
michelle.davis@mlis.state.md.us
Nasrin Rahman
Manager, Redistricting
Maryland Department of Planning
301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410/767-4211
410/767-4480 Fax
nrahman@mdp.state.md.us

Karl Aro
Executive Director
Dept. of Legislative Services
90 State Circle Room 311
Annapolis, MD 21401
410/946-5200
410/841-3764 Fax
karo@mlis.state.md.us