Maryland Legislative Redistricting Commission Amendment (2014)

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The Maryland Legislative Redistricting Commission Amendment was not on the November 4, 2014 ballot in Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have created a seven person redistricting commission to devise congressional and state legislative redistricting plans following each decennial US Census.[1]

The commission would have been composed of seven members from a pool of 30. Of those 30, 10 would have been from the majority party represented in the legislature, 10 would have been from the minority party and 10 would have been be independents or from a third party. Following, the President of the Senate would have picked one from the 30, the Minority Leader of the Senate would have picked one, the Speaker of the House would have picked one and the Minority Leader of the House would have picked one. Together these four would have picked an additional three members from the pool of 30.[1]

The proposed amendment was sponsored in the Maryland Legislature by State Senator Allan H. Kittleman (R-9) as Senate Bill 740.[2]

The Maryland Legislature adjourned on April 7, 2014 without approving the amendment.[3]

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  • Kent County News said, "Beyond "one man (or woman), one vote," consideration should be given to grouping communities with similar needs in the same district to ensure their issues get the proper attention from their elected representative. We never quite figured out what grouping together Garrett County and Montgomery County residents achieved, other than to turn one of the state's two predominantly Republican districts over to the Democrats. The redistricting process needs to be changed, with political patronage taken out of the equation. All three of these bills [SB 414, SB 582 and SB 740] stand to help."[4]

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See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution

In Maryland, a 60% majority vote in both chambers of the Maryland State Legislature was required to refer the amendment to the ballot.

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