Maryland lawmakers listen to redistricting arguments

Congressional districts must be essentially identical, while state-level districts can stray from their ideal population by as much as 5 percent.

The General Assembly will decide on a new congressional map during its October special session, then consider the state legislative map in January during its regular session.

Five residents spoke at the hearing in Hancock, which was attended by about 40 people. Eleven residents spoke in Frederick, where about 60 people attended. The redistricting committee will host its next hearing Monday night in Largo.

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