Sixth District panel begins work; Supreme Court will hear Benisek appeal

Major news Friday on two fronts in Maryland redistricting:

1) The Supreme Court will take up the Maryland gerrymandering case once again — its third trip to the Court — to review the three judge panel’s November decision finding the Sixth District unconstitutional.

2) The emergency commission to draw a new Sixth District compliant with the court’s opinion, on which I serve, met for the first time in Annapolis. One action we took was to schedule the three public hearings we will hold before adopting a recommended map. The dates and places (all 7 p.m., later venues TBD) are:

Frederick — Jan. 14, Frederick Community College, Jack B. Kussmaul (JBK) Theater, 7932 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick
Montgomery County — Jan. 31
Cumberland or Frostburg — Feb. 6

Coverage: Samantha Hogan/Frederick News-Post, Jennifer Barrios/Washington Post, Rachel Baye/WYPR, David Collins/WBAL, Luke Broadwater and Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun.

Frederick hearing coverage: Steve Bohnel, Frederick News-Post; Katie Misuraca, WDVM; Catalina Righter, Carroll County Times.

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