GBC to Monitor Upcoming Maryland General Assembly Special Session

The GBC will be closely monitoring the special session of the General Assembly, which begins December 6. The session has been called by Gov. Larry Hogan to discuss and approve new districts for the state’s eight congressional seats.

State lawmakers will review proposed districts being developed by a panel co-chaired by Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. The Governor plans to present proposed congressional district maps developed by the Maryland Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Maryland’s current congressional map has been criticized by Republicans and unsuccessfully challenged in court for being gerrymandered. Any congressional map that gets approved by the legislature could be vetoed by governor. The General Assembly could override that veto with a three-fifths vote. A plan needs to be adopted early enough to plan for the 2022 primary election.

The Governor is constitutionally required to present a legislative redistricting plan to be introduced no later than the first day of the General Assembly’s regular session, which begins January 12. If the General Assembly does not adopt that plan or an alternative plan by the 45th day of the regular session, the Governor’s plan automatically becomes law.