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Hogan vetoes Map of Congress quickly adopted by General Assembly, House, and Senate – CBS Baltimore

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) – The Maryland General Assembly quickly overruled Governor Larry Hogan’s veto on The new map outlines the boundaries for Maryland’s eight seats in the United States House of Representatives.

The governor held a news conference Tuesday afternoon claiming the newly drawn lines disenfranchised voters and violated the Voting Rights Act, saying the map harms majority jurisdictions like cities Baltimore and Prince George County by carving them up and placing them in different counties.

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Hours after Hogan spoke, the State House and Senate overrode his veto by votes of 96-42 and 32-14 respectively. A three-fifth majority in both houses is needed to replace an executive veto.

“The maps we’ve adopted and overwritten are more compact than our current maps, they’re more contiguous, they’re simpler,” said Del. Eric Luedtke (D-Montgomery County) said.

“I am pleased that Governor Larry Hogan acted immediately, but more importantly I am proud that the Maryland General Assembly acted quickly to overcome the Governor’s veto and pass a congressional map. It’s just for the State of Maryland,” said Senate President Bill Ferguson (D- City of Baltimore).

During Thursday’s press conference, Hogan said the map “mocks our democracy” and called it “disgracefully insulting.” He also implied that the map for local legislative districts would skew even more toward Democrats, who more than Republicans in the state 2-1.

Speaking at the Maryland State House, the governor noted the building’s history as the site of ratification of the Treaty of Paris, the official end of the Revolutionary War and the location of the first war peacetime capital in the history of the country.

“America’s democracy really begins right here, in this very place,” he said. “However, when it comes to free and fair elections, Maryland falls short of that proud legacy.”

Hogan urges Biden administration to add Maryland a recent lawsuit by the Department of Justice against Texas alleging redistricting plans in that state violated minority voting rights. He also suggested that there will be separate legal challenges for district lines in state and federal courts.

Redistricting in Maryland has been going on for decades. Todd Eberly, Professor of Political Science at St.

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Some voters, like Sister Fran Gorsuch, a Democrat, said she worries these maps might favor the majority, “the minorities really don’t have a say on that.” and I think that’s not good for our country, it’s not. It’s healthy for our democracy.”

And the governor agreed.

“These maps cannot and will not exist,” Hogan said.

But Del. Luedtke defended the map.

“We went through an exhaustive process, we got hundreds of comments from people all over the state that we looked at to draw on them,” he said. “We did our constitutional duty, we did our job.”

Following up on the announcement earlier this week, Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones (D-Baltimore County) released a joint statement saying the map creates more compact counties while keeping most Marylanders in with their same representative.

It also demonstrates a steadfast commitment to the federal Voting Rights Act by ensuring that minority voters exercise their ability to elect their preferred candidates.

Republicans have argued that the map makes the only House district with Republican representation, Congressional District 1, even more competitive. The remaining seven seats in the state’s House of Representatives delegation are held by Democrats.

The map was approved by a committee with six lawmakers: four Democrats including Jones and Ferguson, who support it, and two Republicans, Senate Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire and Leader of the Senate House minority leader Jason Buckel, who opposes it.

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Hogan supported another map drawn by a nine-member committee he appointed. The panel consists of three Democrats, three Republicans and three independents suggest a map that would virtually keep Congressional District 1 intact and bring back a western Maryland county that’s historically Republican.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/09/hogan-vetoes-congressional-map-house-senate-override/ Hogan vetoes Map of Congress quickly adopted by General Assembly, House, and Senate – CBS Baltimore

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