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Maryland GOP proposes redistricting map

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Republican Party has released a proposed map for congressional redistricting.

Alex Mooney, chairman of the party, says the map protects voters’ interests instead of incumbent politicians. He criticized past redistricting processes, saying it caused residents to live in a state with some of the worst gerrymandered congressional districts in the country.

The state GOP released the map Wednesday ahead of the first meeting of a five-member redistricting panel appointed by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley. The panel will plan hearings so that state residents a chance to participate in the process.

Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled General Assembly will gather in an October special session to approve new congressional districts for the state’s eight House seats.