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Maryland law will delay census numbers to redistrict

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland law that counts prison inmates as residents of where they last lived is going to delay when lawmakers will see updated census numbers for the purpose of redrawing legislative districts.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told lawmakers on Friday that the numbers will have to be adjusted to account for where prisoners live.

Miller says the new numbers will be available before the end of Maryland’s legislative session in April.

Last year, Maryland became the first state in the nation to count inmates as residents where they last lived — typically urban centers — instead of the rural areas where they’re often imprisoned.