One week from today, the governor’s commission on congressional redistricting is scheduled to issue a final report to the governor to create an independent commission that would draw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts. Governor Larry Hogan favors the commission, as an alternative to the current system where the governor appoints a panel to create the boundaries and the legislature approves the plan in tact. Hogan and other critics have said the current system favors the Democrats and creates oddly shaped districts that divide communities.
The governor’s commission is scheduled to hold a meeting today, and make its final report next week. The panel held six public hearings over the summer, though Jennifer Bevan Dangle, executive director of Common Cause of Maryland told Maryland’s News This Week that she agrees with critics that the commission should have held more hearings, she does believe an independent panel to create the boundaries is necessary.