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Panel plans to release redistricting schedule

ANNAPOLIS — A panel on legislative redistricting in Maryland is planning to release a schedule of public hearings.

The chairwoman of the five-member Governor’s Redistricting Advisory Committee is working toward releasing Friday the schedule of hearings around the state.

In past years, there have been 12 hearings. But some on the panel this time have proposed holding eight or nine instead, because of time constraints in forming a draft plan on congressional redistricting by September.

Lawmakers will convene in a special session in October to redraw the boundaries of the state’s eight congressional districts, based in the results of the 2010 census.